Favorite African Folktales

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  • Edition: 00
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2004-11-17
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

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Favorite African Folktales is a landmark work that gathers many of Africa's most cherished folktales-stories from an oral heritage that predates Ovid and Aesop-in one extraordinary volume. Nelson Mandela has selected these thirty-two tales, many of them translated from their original tongues, with the specific hope that Africa's oldest stories, as well as a few new ones, will be perpetuated by future generations and appreciated by children and adults throughout the world. Book jacket.

Author Biography

Nelson Mandela was South Africa's first democratically elected president. He lives in Johannesburg

Table of Contents

Forewordp. 13
The Enchanting Song of the Magical Bird (Tanzania)p. 17
The Cat Who Came Indoors (Zimbabwe)p. 21
The Great Thirst (San, Southern Africa)p. 24
King Lion's Gifts (Khoi, Southern Africa)p. 28
The Message (Namibia)p. 35
The Snake Chief (West Africa/Zululand, South Africa)p. 40
How Hlakanyana Outwitted the Monster (Nguni, South Africa)p. 45
Words As Sweet As Honey from Sankhambi (Venda, South Africa)p. 52
Mmutla and Phiri (Botswana)p. 55
The Lion, the Hare, and the Hyena (Kenya)p. 62
Mmadipetsane (Lesotho)p. 67
Kamiyo of the River (Transkei, South Africa)p. 75
Spider and the Crows (Nigeria)p. 79
Natiki (Namaqualand, South Africa)p. 86
The Hare and the Tree Spirit (Xhosa, South Africa)p. 90
The Mantis and the Moon (San, Southern Africa)p. 94
The Snake with Seven Heads (Xhosa, South Africa)p. 100
The Hare's Revenge (Zambia)p. 110
The Wolf Queen (Cape Malay)p. 114
Van Hunks and the Devil (Cape Dutch)p. 121
Wolf and Jackal and the Barrel of Butter (Cape Dutch)p. 128
The Cloud Princess (Swaziland)p. 134
The Guardian of the Pool (Central Africa/Zululand, South Africa)p. 144
The Sultan's Daughter (Cape Malay)p. 148
The Ring of the King (Mythical African kingdom)p. 159
The Clever Snake Charmer (Morocco)p. 166
Asmodeus and the Bottler of Djinns (South African English)p. 170
Sakunaka, the Handsome Young Man (Zimbabwe)p. 181
The Mother Who Turned to Dust (Malawi)p. 185
Mpipidi and the Motlopi Tree (Botswana)p. 195
Fesito Goes to Market (Uganda)p. 202
Sannie Langtand and the Visitor (South African English)p. 213
Glossaryp. 227
About the Authorsp. 230
Creditsp. 236
About Nelson Mandelap. 239
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