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African Folktales (Pantheon Fairy Tale and Folklore Library)

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Nearly 100 stories from over 40 tribe-related myths of creation, tales of epic deeds, ghost stories and tales set in both the animal and human realms.

Part of the Pantheon Fairy Tale and Folklore Library
Paperback, 378 pages
Published August 12th 1983 by Pantheon (first published January 1st 1983)
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Helmut
Mar 01, 2013 Helmut rated it really liked it
Anthropologie in Geschichtenform

Wer an diesen Band in Erwartung von afrikanischen Grimmschen Märchen herangeht, wird überrascht: Ein Großteil der Geschichten passt nicht in dieses Schema von "Gutenacht-Geschichten". Insgesamt ist die Lektüre nicht die allereinfachste, denn die erzählten Geschichten sind oft sprunghaft, ohne Fokus und nicht linear. Manchmal hat man den Eindruck, der Erzähler erfindet sie während er spricht. Man merkt die vielen unterschiedlichen Kulturen und auch Quellen, aus den
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Anna
This book is as much an anthropological treatise as a collection of folk tales, so I'm afraid I skipped a lot of the introduction, which may be very interesting to someone who wants to know how these tales were collected and transcribed.
Olivia
Feb 29, 2016 Olivia rated it liked it
Abrahams lacked the cultural sensitivity I expect from a Pantheon folktale editor. Ignoring his commentary, this is a good collection, and is worth checking out for the Mwindo Epic alone.
Tia
Jul 15, 2010 Tia added it
worth adding to your library
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