The Aquarian Guide to African Mythology

The Aquarian Guide to African Mythology

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Africa : the most distinctive land mass on the surface of the earth. Yet for all its majesty it is a country whose historical and religious wealth remains a mystery to all but a very few of Western observers. How many people know anything at all about pre-Colonial Africa? The Aquarian Guide to African Mythology is the first comprehensive overview of the beliefs, myths and cosmology of African peoples. It deals not only with traditional stories woven around a pantheon of gods and mythical figures but also with legends, fables and more general subjects that played a part in African mythology and African life. The wide range of entries include religious concepts, prophets, the best-known tribes, mystical phenomena, spirits and demons, and the many animals that played such a large part in African mythology. Dr Jan Knappert's alphabetical guide is founded on his many years of personal experience in Africa. Its very accessible style makes it ideal not only as a reference work for students of anthropology but as a sample for general readers wishing to dip in and be informed on any subject that appeals to them. The book is illustrated with examples of African art.Spirits who may appear as birds or lizards can put a spell on people by singing to them, or by staring at them, as snakes do. (See also Magic.) Spider see Anansi the Spider; Tule, the Spider God. Spirit hut see Chiga; Temple. Spirits Spirits are anbsp;...

Title:The Aquarian Guide to African Mythology
Author:Jan Knappert
Publisher:Thorsons Publishers - 1990-01-01


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