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African Update & Place Name Lexicon
CHAPTER I INTRODUCTORY
Who are the Bantu?
The Bushmen
The Bantu Languages
Customs and Beliefs:
The Spirit World
Animal Stories
Zulu Clan Tradition
Tribal Migrations
The Reed and the Reed-bed
The Chameleon
The Luyi Legend
Legends current in Uganda
Kalunga of the Ambundu
How Ngunza defied Death
CHAPTER III LEGENDS OF THE HIGH GODS
The Woman's Search for God
Prayer to the High God
Chungu's Prayer
Legend of Ngeketo
Imana of the Ruanda
The Serpent the Enemy
The Story of the Glutton
Imana and the Childless Woman
The Man who would shoot Iruwa
The Thunder's Bride
Climbing into Heaven
The Road to Heaven
The Daughter of the Sun and Moon
The Heaven-tree
The Tale of Murile
Tailed Heaven-folk
The Celestial Bellman
Ghost Stories: the Kinyamkela's Bananas
Kwege and Bahati
"False Bride" Stories
An African 'Holle' Story
Other "Holle" Stories
Do the Dead return to Life?
Murder of a Relative
The Warrior's Purification
The Two Brothers
The Xosa Tale of Nyengebule
Out of the Mouths of Babes
CHAPTER VIII HEROES AND DEMI-GODS
The Ox-eater
Ryang'ombe in Ruanda
Ryang'ombe's Death
Spirits inhabiting Volcanoes
Culture-heroes
Sudika-Mbambi the Invincible
Treachery of the Kipalendes
The Wonder-child
Kachirambe of the Anyanja
CHAPTER IX THE WAKILINDI SAGA
Mbega, a Child of Ill-omen
Mbega shut out from his Inheritance
Mbega, a Mighty Hunter
Mbega goes to Kilindi
Death of the Chief's Son
Mbega called to be Chief of Vuga
Mbega's Death and Burial
Mboza and Magembe
Mboza emigrates and founds another Kingdom
Shebuge's Wars and Death
CHAPTER X THE STORY OF LIONGO FUMO
Liongo Fumo, Poet and Bowman
The "Hadithi yar Liongo"
Liongo escapes from Captivity
Liongo undone by Treachery at last
The Traitor's Doom
Huveane produces a Child
Huveane plays Tricks with the Stock
Plans for Huveane's Destruction
Huveane's Practical Jokes
He goes on his Travels
He kills a Hare, gets a Whistle, and is robbed of it
He nurses the Leopard's Cubs
Makanyana and the Ogre
He goes Home
CHAPTER XII THE AMAZIMU
Cannibals
Ogres
The Little People
The Kamba Aimu
The Magic Flight
The Ogre Husband
The Were-wolf Husband
The Girl who married a Lion
The Hyena Bridegroom
The Magic Boat
The Half-men
Sikulokobuzuka
Gnomes and Spirits
CHAPTER XIV THE SWALLOWING MONSTER
The Whale and the Dragon
Khodumodurno, or Karnmapa
Ingratitude of the Tribe
The Guardian Ox
Untombinde and the Squatting Monster
The Family swallowed by the Elephant
The Devouring Pumpkin
Another Talking Pumpkin
Three Variants
The Nunda
Jonah's Whale, the Frog, and the Tortoise
The Lightning-bird described
The Lightning-bird's Nest found in Mashonaland
Heaven-doctors
Chimungu of the Baronga
The Girl who saw the Lightning-bird
Other Embodiments of Lightning
The Lightning-dog of the Congo
The Balungwana
Heaven-herds, or Heaven-doctors
Birds which bring Rain
Shouting for Rain
The Rainbow
Where the Rainbow ends
Rainbow Snakes
CHAPTER XVI DOCTORS, PROPHETS AND WITCHES
The Doctor's Training
Prophets
Trances
Possession
Predictions fulfilled
Chaminuka
Mohlomi of the Basuto
Only One Way of Death
Kolelo and the Majimaji Rising
The Resuscitated Corpse
The Tuyewera
A West African Parallel
Spells or Curses
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Bantu Myths and Legends by Alice Werner

Bantu Myths and Legends by Alice Werner

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This book was especially republished to raise funds for the Westville Boys High Scholarship fund, where gifted but underprivileged South Africans are given a first class high school education.

IN the 19th C. BANTU was the generally accepted name for those natives of South Africa (the great majority) who are neither Hottentots nor Bushmen-that is to say, mainly, the Zulus, Xosas, Basuto, and Bechuana -to whom may be added the Thongas (Shangaans) of the Delagoa Bay region and the people of (then Southern Rhodesia, now) Zimbabwe.

Southern Africa consists of 13 sovereign states and covers an area of approximately 9,276 million kilometres². By comparison the USA is 9,826 million kilometres².

Abantu is the Zulu word for 'the people' (in Sesuto batho, and in Herero ovandu) which was adopted by Bleek, at the suggestion of Sir George Grey, as the name for the great family of languages now known to cover practically the whole southern half of Africa. But to speak of a 'Bantu race' is misleading. The Bantu-speaking peoples vary greatly in physical stature: some of them hardly differ from some of the 'Sudanic'-speaking Negroes of West Africa, while others show a type which has been accounted for by a probable 'Hamitic' invasion from the north. It is needless to say that they come with a plethora of myths and legends. Some adapted and modified from others and some entirely home-grown.

Within these 438 pages you will find 20 chapters filled with almost 200 stories selected from across Southern Africa - of prophets, doctors, witches, chameleons, the legend of Ngeketo, baboons, the Zulu Tokoloshe, Sikulokobuzuka, the road and the climb to heaven, the daughter of the Sun and the Moon, half-men, avengers of blood, the African Brer rabbit, frogs, war and death, lightning birds, cannibals, jackals, ogres, how the leopard got his spots, were-wolves, tortoises and lions and the practical jokes they played on each other; and many, many more to keep a young audience captivated for hours.

While this volume contains the, sometimes, quaint, unusual and certainly entertaining myths and legends of the native peoples of Southern Africa, it also contains sufficient sources, referential material and explanatory notes to satisfy serious students and academics alike.
This book was especially republished to raise funds for the Westville Boys High Scholarship fund, where gifted but underprivileged South Africans are given a first class high school education.

IN the 19th C. BANTU was the generally accepted name for those natives of South Africa (the great majority) who are neither Hottentots nor Bushmen-that is to say, mainly, the Zulus, Xosas, Basuto, and Bechuana -to whom may be added the Thongas (Shangaans) of the Delagoa Bay region and the people of (then Southern Rhodesia, now) Zimbabwe.

Southern Africa consists of 13 sovereign states and covers an area of approximately 9,276 million kilometres². By comparison the USA is 9,826 million kilometres².

Abantu is the Zulu word for 'the people' (in Sesuto batho, and in Herero ovandu) which was adopted by Bleek, at the suggestion of Sir George Grey, as the name for the great family of languages now known to cover practically the whole southern half of Africa. But to speak of a 'Bantu race' is misleading. The Bantu-speaking peoples vary greatly in physical stature: some of them hardly differ from some of the 'Sudanic'-speaking Negroes of West Africa, while others show a type which has been accounted for by a probable 'Hamitic' invasion from the north. It is needless to say that they come with a plethora of myths and legends. Some adapted and modified from others and some entirely home-grown.

Within these 438 pages you will find 20 chapters filled with almost 200 stories selected from across Southern Africa - of prophets, doctors, witches, chameleons, the legend of Ngeketo, baboons, the Zulu Tokoloshe, Sikulokobuzuka, the road and the climb to heaven, the daughter of the Sun and the Moon, half-men, avengers of blood, the African Brer rabbit, frogs, war and death, lightning birds, cannibals, jackals, ogres, how the leopard got his spots, were-wolves, tortoises and lions and the practical jokes they played on each other; and many, many more to keep a young audience captivated for hours.

While this volume contains the, sometimes, quaint, unusual and certainly entertaining myths and legends of the native peoples of Southern Africa, it also contains sufficient sources, referential material and explanatory notes to satisfy serious students and academics alike.

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