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African mythology
Altman, Linda Jacobs, 1943-
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Publication Information:
Berkeley Heights, NJ : Enslow Publishers, [2003]

Physical Description:
112 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
A collection of myths shaped by the cultures and beliefs of Africa, featuring creator gods, tricksters, shape-changing animals, and heroes who overcome unthinkable hardship.
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BL2400 .A48 2003 Juvenile Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Long before they were written down, African myths were kept alive by a strong oral tradition. Today, these stories provide a rich understanding of the cultures that created these fascinating tales. Author Linda Jacobs Altman weaves together traditional tales from seven different cultural groups, including those of Nigeria, Tanzania, Sierra Leone, the Kalahari, and Ghana. She focuses on the distinctions, as well as the similarities, among their lifestyles and legacies. Wonderful illustrations and question-and-answer sections are included.

Author Notes

Linda Jacobs Altman specializes in writing about history, social issues, and multicultural subjects for young people She and her husband live in a country town in Northern California, sharing their lives with a houseful of furred and feathered companions
William Sauts Bock has illustrated many books. His illustrations have been honored by the American Institute of Graphic Arts. Many of his portraits are in private collections all over the world

Table of Contents

Prefacep. 7
Mapp. 10
1 Coming Down From the Sky (The Yoruba of Nigeria)p. 17
2 The First People and the Flood (The Ekoi of Nigeria and Cameroon)p. 31
3 The Gift of Fire (The Chaga of Tanzania)p. 43
4 Why People Grow Old and Die (The Kono of Sierra Leone)p. 53
5 How Baboons Became Monkeys (The !Kung of the Kalahari, Southern Africa)p. 65
6 How Anansi Got God's Stories (The Ashanti of Ghana)p. 77
7 Kwasi Benefo in the Land of the Dead (The Ashanti of Ghana)p. 91
Glossaryp. 103
Chapter Notesp. 105
Further Readingp. 108
Internet Addressesp. 109
Indexp. 110