By Leo Frobenius
Stories diversity from the Kabyl legends of the early Berbers and ballads of the Fulbe bards of Sahel within the southern Sahara to the comically exaggerated unbelievable stories of the Mande in Sudan and the attractive production myths of the Wahungwe of Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe). The thematic adaptations within the stories correspond with their narrators' assorted geographical and cultural backgrounds.
Recounted with enticing simplicity and directness, those often a laugh, occasionally weird and wonderful tales are illustrated with diversifications of prehistoric rock work and snap shots of twentieth-century Africans. Of giant price to scholars of African tradition, this publication also will attract the numerous committed readers of folklore and mythology.
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Groping for their way, they tripped and began to fall. Oddly, though, they did not reach the floor. Delicate membranes began to spread over their legs and feet; thin wings wrapped around their arms. The house had grown dark, and none of the sisters could see, at first, how they had changed. They found themselves lifted up on wings, featherless and light, thin as parchment, wings so frail anyone could see right through them. When they tried to speak, their voices made only a shrill squeak, as tiny as they themselves had become.
Just because there were so many of them, they thought they were superior to everyone else, the rarest of the rare. They traveled through all the towns of Thessaly and Achaea, swollen with pride and boasting of their artistic skill. Finally they arrived here at Helicon and challenged us, the Musestaunted us, if you can believe it! "They said, 'Quit trying to fool these ignorant people, the silly mob, with your feeble attempts at poetry and song! We dare you to come and sing against us! If you trust your own art, you won't be afraid to compete with us.
African Genesis: Folk Tales and Myths of Africa by Leo Frobenius