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Selected and Retold by Roger D. Abrahams. This collection of nearly 100 stories illuminates a vast and ancient tradition of storytelling across the African continent. Out of the deep forest and the broad savannah, from the campsites, kraals, and villages of over forty tribes, the voices of the storytellers weave imaginative myths of creation and tales of epic deeds, chilling ghost stories with nightmarish demons and violent twists, ribald tales of mischief and magic in the animal and human realms.
Drawing on sources that range from the notes of the earliest missionaries to the most recent works of anthropologists and ethnographers, distinguished American folklorist Roger Abrahams renders these stories in a voice that evokes the unique, dramatic roots in the song, dance, and ritual performance of the African world.