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By Stephen Belcher
Collecting a variety of conventional African myths, this compelling new assortment bargains stories of heroes combating strong serpents and sizeable birds, brutal family members clash and vengeance, and determined migrations throughout substantial and alien lands. From impassioned descriptions of animal-creators to dramatic tales of groups compelled to escape titanic crocodiles, all of the narratives chanced on the following hindrance origins - even if of the universe, peoples or households. jointly, they carry a kaleidoscopic photograph of the wealthy and sundry oral traditions that experience formed the tradition and society of successive generations of Africans for millions of years, during the lengthy fight to outlive and discover this huge and environmentally assorted continent.
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