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By Leo Frobenius

An eminent German explorer, ethnologist, and authority on prehistoric paintings, Leo Frobenius (1873‒1938) startled the realm of anthropology together with his idea of "continuity of cultures" — providing, for example, a hyperlink among Egyptian non secular symbols and preexisting African mythology. during his anthropological fieldwork, Frobenius and different individuals of his expeditions gathered an abundance of actual African folklore. This quantity offers a wealthy collection of those attention-grabbing stories, fables, and legends.
Stories variety from the Kabyl legends of the early Berbers and ballads of the Fulbe bards of Sahel within the southern Sahara to the comically exaggerated inconceivable stories of the Mande in Sudan and the eye-catching production myths of the Wahungwe of Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe). The thematic adaptations within the stories correspond with their narrators' varied geographical and cultural backgrounds.
Recounted with enticing simplicity and directness, those often a laugh, occasionally extraordinary tales are illustrated with diversifications of prehistoric rock work and photographs of twentieth-century Africans. Of significant worth to scholars of African tradition, this e-book also will entice the various committed readers of folklore and mythology.

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It had obeyed him eagerly, but dogs were always happy to go along with Rap’s suggestions, and Rap was not present now. It had not noticed Kade or Inos, apparently, and even to speak its name might attract its hostility. Moreover, something about Azak’s stance suggested that he did not believe he was in much danger, and Inos decided that she was more concerned for Rap’s dog. True, it had overpowered Andor and then savaged the giant Darad. The djinn was not as massive as the jotunn had been, but he was almost as tall; he was younger and probably faster, and Darad had been hampered by entering the fight when he was already on the floor with the monster’s teeth in his arm .

He flicked himself upright again as if such gymnastics were no problem at all, but she could not tell if they were a compliment or a mockery. Sultan! Rasha had claimed to be sultana, and this lad was far too young to be her husband. Of course that was assuming that Rasha was what she had seemed when she had first appeared in the tower-middle-aged and thick-bodied. There had been an even more revealing glimpse later, when Sagorn had replaced himself with Andor. Startled by the occult transformation, Rasha had momentarily become an ugly old woman.

Behind the veil: When you and I behind the Veil are past, Oh, but the long, long while the World shall last, Which of our Coming and Departure heeds As the Sea’s self should heed a pebble cast. — Fitzgerald, The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam (§47, 1879) TWO This day’s madness 1 Sunlight gleaming along marble wakened Inos. For a moment she stared up blankly at gauzy draperies, striving to separate out their soft reality from bitter dreams of the tent she had shared with Kade in the long weeks of trek through the forest.

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