Roger D. Abrahams

African Folktales

(This Edition Published)

Main Details
Credits
Editor Roger D. Abrahams
Retold/Rewritten by Roger D. Abrahams
Illustrator Keith Hau
Foreword by Wole Soyinka
Publisher The Folio Society
Selected by Roger D. Abrahams
Revised by Roger D. Abrahams
Translated by Roger D. Abrahams
Published in/by Arrangement with Pantheon Books
Copyright Holder Roger D. Abrahams
Copyright Holder (Foreword/Preface) Wole Soyinka
Copyright Holder (Illustrations) Keith Hau
Typeset by The Folio Society
Paper Abbey Wove
Printed and Bound by Kösel, Krugzell
Date
First Published
This Edition Published
Copyright
Copyright
Format Hardback
Publication Location London, England
Page Count 336 pages
Font Fairfield / Gill Sans
Language English
Dimensions
(H × W × D)
Chapters Foreword
Introduction

PART ONE : TALES OF WONDER FROM THE GREAT OCEAN OF STORY
Demane and Demazana
The Password
The Three Tests
Monkey Steals a Drum
A Man Who Could Transform Himself
Tale of an Old Woman
The King's Daughter Who Lost Her Hair
Profitable Amends
The Man and the Muskrat
The Hare's Hoe
Why the Hare Runs Away
The Tortoise and the Falcon
Rubiya
The Flying Lion
A-Man-Among-Men

PART TWO: STORIES TO DISCUSS AND EVEN ARGUE ABOUT
The Contest of Riddles
Leopard, Goat and Tam
An Eye for an Eye?
Wondrous Powers: Mirror, Sandals, and a Medicine Bag
The Devil Comes Between Them
The Quality of Friendship
Who Should He Kill?
Killing Virtue
A Spirited Contending
Love Caused It All
Killed for a Horse
Three Wives
The Five Helpers
Many Miracles
Their Eyes Came Out
He Starved His Own
The Smart Man and the Fool
Fembar's Curiosity
A Father's Advice
Is It Right That She Should Bite Me?
Take Me Carefully, Carefully
Tiger Slights the Tortoise
The Nature of the Beast
The Disobedient Sisters
Rich Man, Poor Man
Finders Keepers
The Leopard Woman

PART THREE: TALES OF TRICKSTERS AD OTHER RIDICULOUS CREATURES: TALES TO ENTERTAIN
Why Monkeys Live in Trees
All the Little Animals
Why the Dog Always Chases Other Animals
The Story of Hlakanyana
Cursing the Birds
Saving the Rain
Stuffing the Hyena
Cutting the Elephant's Hips
The Clever Wakasanke
The Tricksters' Encounter
How Squirrel Robbed Rabbit of His Tail
Victims of Vanity
Death by Burning
The Ant's Burden
Their Soft Crowns Discovered
The Pig's Nose and the Baboon's Rear
One Trick Deserves Another
The Pleasure of His Company
The Dog Eats All the Ants
No Longer Fear the Cock's Comb
How Honey Guide Came to Have Power Over Honey
The Trapper Trapped
Medicine to Catch Him
Friends for a Time
The Great Overland Trek
The Shundi and the Cock
Spider Outwits the Rich Woman
Softly, Over the Head of the Great
Treachery Repaid
The Great Dikithi
The Work Done by Itself
Two Friends from Their Childhood
Talking Drums Discovered

PART FOUR: MAKING A WAY THROUGH LIFE
Salt, Sauce and Spice, Onion Leaves, Pepper, and Drippings
The Old Woman with Sores
How It Pays Sometimes to Be Small
The Cloth of Pembe Mirui
The Wooing Battle
The Orphan with the Cloak of Skin
Tungululi and the Monsters
Chameleon into Needle
Mother, Come Back
The Three Sisters
The Messenger Bird
The Child in the Reeds
A Woman's Quest
Never Ask Me About My Family
A Man Marries a Lioness

Bibliography
Acknowledgements
Index of Tales
Notes Bound in blocked paper and housed in plain red slipcase. Frontispiece and 7 colour illustrations and printed endpapers.

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