African Mythology, 1st Edition

  • Series Name: Mythology and Culture Worldwide
  • Stuart A. Kallen
  • Published By: Lucent Press (Rosen)
  • ISBN-10: 1420511653
  • ISBN-13: 9781420511659
  • DDC: 299.6
  • Grade Level Range: 7th Grade - 10th Grade
  • 104 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2015 | Published/Released January 2015
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2015

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This volume of Lucent's Mythology and Culture Worldwide Series looks at some of the popular myths of Africa and discusses their role in the culture and the values they reflect. The title touches on how hip-hop music has its roots in African mythology and how these ancient beliefs continue to influence the modern world.

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Mythology and Culture Worldwide

This series helps younger researchers understand the role of mythology in major historical cultures of the world. Each volume explores the origins and cultural importance of a specific mythology. Presented in an engaging narrative that explains mythology as a product of the culture that created it, each volume details the major characters, gods/goddesses, and themes reflected in the stories. Volumes also discuss the impact of the mythology on daily life at the time and throughout history.

Features and Benefits

  • This series is designed to help young readers understand the origins, cultural importance and impact of world mythologies.
  • These books will explain how mythology reflects the culture that created it.
  • Each volume focuses on one cultural or national mythology.
  • Major myths, characters, gods and goddesses, and themes of the mythology are presented with a particular emphasis on tying these stories back to important aspects of the culture that produced it.
  • Descriptions include, as appropriate, geography, history, natural resources, technological state, social organization, religious beliefs, and values.
  • These books also detail how the culture interacted with their gods and goddesses, and how the myths were communicated.
  • Each volume contains numerous sidebars and fact boxes, a family tree or diagram that shows relationships of major entities, a pronunciation guide, a glossary, an annotated bibliography and comprehensive index.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Table of Contents.
Map of the African Civilization.
Family Tree of African Deities.
Major Entities in African Mythology.
Introduction: The Way of the Ancestors.
1: Myths, Cultures, and Kingdoms.
2: Creation Myths.
3: Animal Tricksters.
4: Spirits, Magic, and Ceremonies.
5: Ancient Beliefs in the New World.
For More Information.
Picture Credits.
About the Author.