By Leo Frobenius

An eminent German explorer, ethnologist, and authority on prehistoric paintings, Leo Frobenius (1873‒1938) startled the realm of anthropology together with his idea of "continuity of cultures" — featuring, for example, a hyperlink among Egyptian non secular symbols and preexisting African mythology. during his anthropological fieldwork, Frobenius and different individuals of his expeditions gathered an abundance of real African folklore. This quantity provides a wealthy collection of those interesting stories, fables, and legends.
Stories diversity 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 construction myths of the Wahungwe of Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe). The thematic diversifications within the stories correspond with their narrators' varied geographical and cultural backgrounds.
Recounted with attractive simplicity and directness, those usually fun, occasionally weird and wonderful tales are illustrated with variations of prehistoric rock work and pics of twentieth-century Africans. Of tremendous price to scholars of African tradition, this publication also will attract the numerous dedicated readers of folklore and mythology.

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You came for nothing. We won’t fight. We can wait there”—he pointed up toward the plug of stone that rose out of the rolling landscape behind him—“for as long as we need. ” “You don’t know that the Auldek will come. ” Crannag rose, and his shoulder swiped at the air as he turned away, almost like a blow. ” Corinn said. ” Crannag trudged away. He waved one arm, dismissing her accusation as if it were an insect. “The Numrek hiding in that fortress are quivering,” Corinn continued. She stood and began to follow him.

Or they may take a different route. Or they might never arrive. ” The snow cat slapped at the hare’s hind leg. For a moment the prey seemed frozen, its body tilted as it floated above the tundra. Then it landed hard. The cat fell upon it and the two rolled into one ball of motion.

The two forces met on the field to the west of the fortress. The land was arid and flat, perfect for battle. The sky a light, cloudless blue. Beneath it, the Numrek gathered. They were tall, seven feet the norm among the men, the women shorter perhaps but just as stoutly built. Their hair hung as it always had, thick and black, oily. Most wore light armor, but many went bare armed; and some left their chests exposed. They were warriors. Their curved swords and battle-axes and the jagged slivers of knives at their belts attested to it.

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