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A dictionary of African mythology : the mythmaker as storyteller

By: Scheub, Harold
Material type: TextTextOxford/New York Oxford University Press c2000Description: xiii, 368p.; ill. maps; bibliog. refs.; indexContent type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volume ISBN: 019512457XSubject(s): Mythology, African | Tales--AfricaLOC classification: BL2400 .S24 2000
Contents:
Mdi Msumu". Introduction. Notes on the organization of this dictionary. The mythmaker as storyteller. A dictionary of African mythology. The storyteller as mythmaker. "The python's shining stone". Song of the Mythmaker. Appendix one - Country. Appendix two - Linguistic/cultural. Appendix three - The grand myth
Abstract: 'This collection of fascinating and revealing tales captures the sprawling diversity of African mythology. Four hundred alphabetically arranged entries touch on virtually every aspect of African religious belief, from Africa's great epic themes (dualistic gods, divine tricksters, creator gods, and heroes) to descriptions of major mythic systems (the Dogon, the Asante, and the San) and beyond....Perhaps most impurtant, Scheub emphasizes the role of mythmaker as storyteller--as a performer for an audience....'
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Mdi Msumu". Introduction. Notes on the organization of this dictionary. The mythmaker as storyteller. A dictionary of African mythology. The storyteller as mythmaker. "The python's shining stone". Song of the Mythmaker. Appendix one - Country. Appendix two - Linguistic/cultural. Appendix three - The grand myth

'This collection of fascinating and revealing tales captures the sprawling diversity of African mythology. Four hundred alphabetically arranged entries touch on virtually every aspect of African religious belief, from Africa's great epic themes (dualistic gods, divine tricksters, creator gods, and heroes) to descriptions of major mythic systems (the Dogon, the Asante, and the San) and beyond....Perhaps most impurtant, Scheub emphasizes the role of mythmaker as storyteller--as a performer for an audience....'

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