Yoruba Legends - Illustrated Edition - 40 West African Yoruba Legends
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The Yoruba people are descendants from a variety of West African communities. They are united by Geography, History, Religion and most importantly their Language. Many years ago, before the advent of the West African slave trade, the Yoruba people inhabited an area which stretched, along the coast of West Africa, all the way inward and down to Angola in South West Africa. Today this is not the case.
The legends and fairy stories in this book belong to the Yoruba. They relate the adventures of men and animals, and try to explain the mysteries of NatureWhy Women have Long Hair, How the Leopard got his Spots, the Three Magicians, the Boa-Constrictor, How the Elephant got his Trunk and more. These stories grew from the imagination of the people. We read these folk-tales for their quaintness and humour, for their sympathy with Nature, and because we find in them the ideas and ideals, not just of one man, but of a race of people.
IN modern times we have begun paying close attention to folklore - old tales, not invented by one man, but belonging to the whole people; not written down, but told by parents to their children, and so handed on for hundreds of years.
The legends express primitive notions of right and wrong. As a rule, the wicked are punished and the good rewarded; and that, we feel, is as it should be. We may weep at the death of rascally Tortoise, but we may also feel that he somehow has deserved his fate!
Illustrated by the students of Edbarrow School to raise funds for the SOS Children's village in Ghana.
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Table of Contents for Yoruba Legends
|I THE KINGDOM OF THE YORUBAS|
|II HOW TRIBAL MARKS CAME TO BE USED|
|III AKITI THE HUNTER|
|IV SONS OF STICKS|
|V WHY WOMEN HAVE LONG HAIR|
|VI WHY PEOPLE CRY LONG LIVE THE KING! WHEN THUNDER FOLLOWS LIGHTNING|
|VII THE OLOFIN AND THE MICE|
|VIII THE IROKO TREE|
|IX ORISA OKO|
|XI THE BAT|
|XII THE LEOPARD-MAN|
|XIII THE WATER-BIRD|
|XIV THE ANTS AND THE TREASURE|
|XV THE VOICES OF BIRDS|
|XVI THE THREE MAGICIANS|
|XVII ISOKUN AND THE BABY|
|XVIII THE TWIN BROTHERS|
|XIX HOW LEOPARD GOT HIS SPOTS|
|XX ANOTHER STORY OF LEOPARDS SPOTS|
|XXI THE HEAD|
|XXII OLE AND THE ANTS|
|XXIII THE BOA-CONSTRICTOR|
|XXV THE STAFF OF ORANYAN|
|XXVI THE ELEPHANTS TRUNK|
|XXVII THE SECRET OF THE FISHING-BASKETS..|
|XXVIII THE TEN GOLDSMITHS|
|XXIX THE COOKING-POT|
|XXX THE PARROT|
|XXXI THE GHOST-CATCHER|
|STORIES OF TORTOISE|
|XXXII TORTOISE AND THE KING|
|XXXIII TORTOISE AND MR. FLY|
|XXXIV ERIN AND ERINOMI (THE LAND- AND WATER-ELEPHANTS)|
|XXXV THE THREE DEATHS OF TORTOISE|
|XXXVI TORTOISE AND THE COCK|
|XXXVII TORTOISE AND CRAB|
|XXXVIII TORTOISE AND PIGEON|
|XXXIX TORTOISE AND THE WHIP-TREE|
|XL TORTOISE AND THE RAIN|
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