African Folktales (The Pantheon Fairy Tale and Folklore Library) (Paperback)

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The deep forest and broad savannah, the campsites, kraals, and villages—from this immense area south of the Sahara Desert the distinguished American folklorist Roger D. Abrahams has selected ninety-five tales that suggest both the diversity and the interconnectedness of the people who live there. The storytellers weave imaginative myths of creation and tales of epic deeds, chilling ghost stories, and ribald tales of mischief and magic in the animal and human realms. Abrahams renders these stories in a narrative voice that reverberates with the rhythms of tribal song and dance and the emotional language of universal concerns.

With black-and-white drawings throughout
Part of the Pantheon Fairy Tale and Folklore Library

About the Author

ROGER D. ABRAHAMS is the Hum Rosen Professor (Emeritus) of Folklore and Folklife at the University of Pennsylvania and the author of many books, monographs, and articles on African American, Creole, Caribbean, and American culture. A past president of the American Folklore Society, he lives in Philadelphia.

Praise For…

“Earthy, comedic, and covering a wide spectrum, [these] tales of sultans, of animals who act like people, and of lovers’ struggles [also] teach moral lessons. The result is a rousing good read.”
—The New York Times Book Review
Product Details
ISBN: 9780394721170
ISBN-10: 0394721179
Publisher: Pantheon
Publication Date: August 12th, 1983
Pages: 384
Language: English
Series: The Pantheon Fairy Tale and Folklore Library