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By Patricia Ann Lynch

ISBN-10: 0816048924

ISBN-13: 9780816048922

ISBN-10: 1438119887

ISBN-13: 9781438119885

The 1st people could have come from Africa, and plenty of nice civilizations have flourished there. From the lengthy heritage of human habitation in Africa; the varied geography, plant life, and fauna of the continent; and the range of African cultural ideals comes a desirable and powerful culture of fable. African Mythology A to Z is a readable connection with the deities, locations, occasions, animals, ideals, and different topics that seem within the myths of varied African peoples. With approximately three hundred entries written to notify and entice teenagers - and illustrations accompanying the textual content all through - this necessary source sheds gentle on a subject matter that many americans, old and young, locate themselves attracted to research. With an creation that gives historic context for greater knowing the myths, African Mythology A to Z absolutely describes, defines, and explains key tales, characters, subject matters, and different facets of the myths of African peoples.

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Long ago, the SUN shone during the day, the MOON shone during the night, and there was never any true darkness in the world. Then the Supreme God, Yataa, put darkness into a basket and told a bat to take it to the Moon. When the bat grew tired and hungry, it set the basket down and flew off to look for food. Other animals found the basket, opened it, and let the darkness escape. To this day the bat sleeps during the daytime and flies around at night, trying to recapture the darkness. BAUDI Fulbe, or Fulani (Mali, Niger) Ancient EPICS containing the myths and legends of the Fulbe people.

Ama was sometimes regarded as male and at other times as female. In her female aspect, Ama was an earth goddess and world mother—the female counterpart of CHIDO, the SKY god. Chido was the god above, and Ama was the goddess below. Ama created Earth, the heavens, and everything that lives and grows. As the personification of the Earth, Ama ruled Kindo, the UNDERWORLD, from which all living things came and to which they returned after death. Ama was compared to a potter. Much as a potter builds up a pot with strips of clay, Ama created the human body by building it up bone by bone.

The woman did not come back to life, and from then on all people were fated to die. ) In a different myth about the origin of death, the Supreme God (called Baatsi in the Efe story and Tore in the Mbuti myth) had told humans that they could eat the fruit of any tree but the tahu. As long as humans obeyed this rule, Baatsi took them to live in the sky with him when they grew old. One day a pregnant woman craved tahu fruit and had her husband pick some for her. The Moon saw this and told the Creator.

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