Hausa Folklore - 22 Folk tales from West Africa
HAUSA FOLK LORE
This book was especially republished to raise funds for these charities & many more...
33% of the publishers profit from the sale of this book will be donated to charities.
A GREAT READ FOR KIDS!
This volume tells of the origin of the spider, of beautiful maidens, of how hartebeest came by the teardrops under their eyes, of witches, of doctors riding hyenas on pilgrimages, of the cause of thunder, and more. Some of these tales are more fairy than legend and others more folk than fairy. However, each story imparts a clear message about right and wrong while showing what colour and variety lies hidden in the monotone of the Sahara.
When R. Sutherland Rattray joined the School of Anthropology at Exeter College, Oxford, he had already published Chinyanja Folklore which documented the tales and customs of the Chinyanja of Central Africa. He was also quite familiar with several West African languages. Therefore on his transfer to West Africa learning about the Hausa language and culture became another string in his already full bow and it was only a matter of time before Hausa Folklore was published.
However, understanding the Hausa culture requires an understanding of Islam itself a task that can seem near insurmountable when the student is from a Western background.
Hausa Folklore does not claim to stand alonea considerable library of Hausa literature already exists. Hausa Folklore is an enrichment of this proud tradition, which brings the Western world directly into contact with Hausa culture.
33% of the profit from the sale of this book will be donated to the Westville Boys High Scholarship Fund enabling gifted but underprivileged South Africans obtain a first class High School education. So curl up with these unique West African stories from yesteryear with the knowledge that you have helped sponsor the education of an underprivileged South African youth.
As the Hausa say: If you are not going to drink the pap, stop stirring it. The pap is excellentso drink!
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Table of Contents for HAUSA FOLK LORE
|A short history, purporting to give the origin of the Hausa nation and the story of their conversion to the Mohammedan religion|
|PART II - STORIES ABOUT PEOPLE|
|1. The story of the slave by name 'The World'|
|2. How brothers and sisters first came to quarrel and hate each other|
|3. The story of the boy and the old woman, and how the wasp got his small waist|
|4. The story about a beautiful maiden, and how the hartebeest got the marks under its eyes like teardrops|
|5. How the whip and the 'maara' spoon (a broken bit of calabash) came to the haunts of men|
|6. A story about a chief, and how his sons observed his funeral, and the origin of the spider|
|7. A story about an orphan, showing that 'he who sows evil, it comes forth in his own garden'|
|8. A story about a witch, and how the baby of the family outwitted her, and invented the first walled town|
|9. The doctor who went a pilgrimage to Mecca on a hyena|
|10. A story about a chief and his cook|
|11. A story about three youths all skilled in certain things, and how they used that skill to circumvent a difficulty|
|12. A story about a giant, and the cause of thunder|
|13. A story about an orphan which was the origin of the saying 'The orphan with a coat of skin is hated, but when it is a metal one he is honoured'|
|14. A story of a jealous man and what befell him|
|15. A story of a great friendship and how it was put to the test|
|16. A story about a test of skill|
|17. A story about Miss Salt, Miss Pepper, &c.|
|18. The story of Muusa (Moses) and how it came about that brothers and sisters do not marry each other|
|19. A story about a hunter and his son|
|20. A story about a maiden and the pumpkin|
|21. The Gaawoo-tree and the maiden, and the first person who ever went mad|
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