By Leo Frobenius
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 unbelievable stories of the Mande in Sudan and the desirable production myths of the Wahungwe of Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe). The thematic adaptations within the stories correspond with their narrators' various geographical and cultural backgrounds.
Recounted with enticing simplicity and directness, those often a laugh, occasionally extraordinary tales are illustrated with variations of prehistoric rock work and photographs of twentieth-century Africans. Of monstrous price to scholars of African tradition, this ebook also will entice the various dedicated readers of folklore and mythology.
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125-415), the fullest in GrecoRoman literature, a meaning not unlike that of the writer of Genesis. But Ovid does not isolate the DeucalionPyrrha myth as a free-standing story to emphasize the sinfulness and deserved destruction of the human race. Rather, he makes it part of "one continuous, coherent narrative" which begins with the creation of the world from Chaos (Met. 1. ), followed by the Fall (or Downward Slide) of man through four ages-gold, silver, bronze and iron; a council of gods, in which Jove justifies the decision to destroy mankind by telling how he was offered human flesh to eat by Lycaon, the exemplar of human evil; the flood; and, finally, the recreation of man (see Otis, Ovid, 93-94).
Aeschylus Eumenides 1-8 gives the order of succession of oracles at Delphi as Earth, Themis, Phoebe (Titanides, daughters of Sky and Earth), then Apollo, who received the office as a birthday present from Phoebe. Joseph Fontenrose, Python: A Study of Delphic Myth and its Origins (Berkeley and Los Angeles, 1959), 13-22, discusses Apollo's combat with the dragon, distinguishing five versions of it (21). html [05-03-2009 18:25:39] page_28 < previous page page_28 next page > Page 28 14. The monstrous Tityus, lying stretched over many acres in Hades with vultures perpetually eating his liver, was one of the sights visitors to the underworld saw (Homer Odyssey 11.
31, notes that since Side, the name of Orion's first wife, means "pomegranate" in Greek, their marriage expresses mythically the ripening of that fruit when the constellation Orion is visible in the nightly sky. Aratus Phaenomena 634-46 says that Orion made a sexual assault on Artemis which was unsuccessful, however, for she set a scorpion after him which attacked and killed him. Hence the constellation Orion forever flees that of the Scorpion. 17. " Pindar Ol. 7. 54-73 tells the story that when Zeus and the other immortals divided by lot the world among themselves Rhodos still lay hidden in the depths of the sea.
African Genesis: Folk Tales and Myths of Africa by Leo Frobenius