African Mythology A to Z by Patricia Ann Lynch

By Patricia Ann Lynch

The 1st people could have come from Africa, and plenty of nice civilizations have flourished there. From the lengthy heritage of human habitation in Africa; the various geography, plant life, and fauna of the continent; and the diversity of African cultural ideals comes a desirable and powerful culture of fantasy. African Mythology A to Z is a readable connection with the deities, locations, occasions, animals, ideals, and different topics that seem within the myths of varied African peoples. With approximately three hundred entries written to notify and entice youth - and illustrations accompanying the textual content all through - this worthwhile source sheds mild on a topic that many americans, old and young, locate themselves interested in learn. With an advent that gives ancient context for larger figuring out the myths, African Mythology A to Z absolutely describes, defines, and explains key tales, characters, topics, and different features of the myths of African peoples.

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Traditionally, only the king could wear ivory ornaments. (Detroit Institute of Art) CROCODILE A carnivorous, lizardlike reptile found throughout most of Africa south of the Sahara. Crocodiles average 16 feet in length and prey upon a wide variety of animals—antelope, buffalo, young hippos, fish—as well as on humans. Crocodiles are found in sub-Saharan Africa wherever there is water—lakes, rivers, freshwater swamps, and brackish pools. In the tradition of the Yoruba of Nigeria, crocodiles were associated with kingship.

In the FON CREATION ACCOUNT, AIDO-HWEDO, the cosmic serpent, carried the Creator, MAWU-LISA in his mouth as she created the world. In the IGWIKWE CREATION ACCOUNT, the Creator, Pishiboro, died from the bite of a puff adder, but his death created the world. See also KONO CREATION ACCOUNT; MAKONI CREATION ACCOUNT; SHONA CREATION ACCOUNT. CREATOR See SUPREME BEING. This ivory bracelet is carved with representations of crocodiles, a symbol of royal power for the Yoruba of Nigeria. Traditionally, only the king could wear ivory ornaments.

Then Bumba vomited up the MOON and the STARS. He vomited again, and various animals, birds, and fish appeared. Last, Bumba vomited up human beings. ) The creatures that came out of Bumba created other animals. A heron created all the birds, a CROCODILE made reptiles and lizards, a beetle created all the other insects, and so on. Bumba’s three sons finished the task of creating the world. When all their work was done, Bumba gave the completed world to humans. CAGN See IKAGGEN. C BIRD, or HARE—arrived first and gave people the message that death would be permanent.

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