The Origin Of Life And Death: African Creation Myths
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This is a collection of creation myths from West, East, Central and North Africa.
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Published December 1st 1966 by Heinemann Educational Books
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Varyanne Sika
One very important thing to note;
"There is hardly an African schoolchild today who is not familiar with the biblical creation myths, but how many of them have been taught the creation stories of their of their own people?"~Ulli Beier (Editor)

We are all keen to understand our relationship with God,death and the supernatural, no matter what our beliefs are. Myths of origin are enjoyable to read and shed light on our understanding of these relationships.
This book contains various myths each captiv...more
Max Maxwell
Apr 27, 2009 Max Maxwell rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: People interested in mythology and have already read <i>Gilgamesh</i>
Recommended to Max by: Found it in a used bookstore
The most striking thing reading this for a Westerner is the realization that we homogenize all of Africa into one culture in our heads. It's not that we don't realize that there are different tribes or anything, just that we tend to think that those tribes have the same beliefs about everything, maybe about as different as the various sects of Christianity, Islam, or Judaism. Of course, it's not so. German poet Ulli Beier edited this volume in the 1960s after interviewing tribespeople from all o...more
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Taken from the back of The Origin of Life and Death: African Creation Myths (Heinemann, 1966): "ULLI BEIER is an associate professor in the Department of Extra-Mural Studies of the University of Ibadan. He is the editor of Black Orpheus, author of several books on African art and literature, including African Mud Sculpture, and one of the founders of the Mbari clubs in Ibadan and Oshogbo. He like...more
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