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African Folklore


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Africans in the United Kingdom; Africans in the USA; Akan/Ashanti; Algeria; Ancestors; Angola; Animals in African Folklore; Arabic Folk Literature of North Africa; Architecture; Archives of Traditional Music; Astronomy; Bamana; Banjo: African Roots; Bao; Bascom, William; Basketry, African; Basketry, African American; Beadwork; Benin; Birth and Death Rituals among the Gikuyu; Blacksmiths: Dar Zaghawa of the Sudan; Blacksmiths: Mande of Western Africa; Body Arts: African American Arts of the Body; Body Arts: Body Decoration in Africa; Body Arts: Hair Sculpture; Botswana; Burkina Faso; Burundi; Callaway, Bishop Henry; Cameroon; Cape Verde; Cardinal Directions; Caribbean Verbal Arts; Carnivals and African American Cultures; Cartoons; Central African Folklore; Central African Republic; Ceramics; Ceramics and Gender; Chad; Chief; Children's Folklore: Iteso Songs of War Time; Children's Folklore: Kunda Songs; Children's Folklore: Ndeble; Classiques Africaines; Color Symbolism: The Akan of Ghana; Comoros; Concert Parties; Congo (Republic of the Congo); Contemporary Bards: Hausa Verbal Artists; Cosmology; Cote d'Ivoire; Cote d'Ivoire, Folklore; Crowley, Daniel; Dance: Overview with a Focus on Namibia; Decorated Vehicles (Focus on Western Nigeria); Democratic Republic of Congo; Dialogic Performances: Call and Response in African Narrating; Diaspora: African Communities in the United Kingdom; Diaspora: African Communities in the United States; Diaspora: African Traditions in Brazil; Diaspora: Sea Islands of the USA; Dilemma Tales; Divination: Household Divination Among the Kongo; Divination: Ifa Divination in Cuba; Divination: Overview; Djibouti; Dolls and Toys; Drama: Anang Ibibio Traditional Drama; Draughts; Dreams; Dress; Drumming: Ewe; Dyula; East African Folklore: Overview; Education: Folklore in Schools; Egypt; Electronic Media and Oral Traditions; Epics: Liongo Epic of the Swahili; Epics: Overview; Epics: West African Epics; Equatorial Guinea; Eritrea; Eshu, the Yoruba Trickster; Esthetics: Baule Visual Arts; Ethiopia; Evans-Pritchard, E. E.; Evil Eye; Festivals: Mutomboko Festival of the Lunda; Films on African Folklore; Folk Tales; Foodways: Cattle and Sorghum Grain in Jie Cosmology; Foodways: Yoruba Food Vendors; French Study of African Folklore; Frobenius, L.; Gabon; Gambia, The; Gender Representation in African Folklore; German Study of African Folklore; Gesture in African Oral Narrative; Ghana; Gossip and Rumor; Gourds: Their Uses and Decorations; Government Policies Toward Folklore; Greetings: A Case Study from the Kerebe; Griaule, Marcel; Griots and Griottes; Guinea; Guinea-Bissau; Healing and Spirit Possession in Sao Tome and Principe; Hero; Hero in Sukuma Prose Narratives; Herskovits, Melville J.; History and Cultural Identity: The Chokwe; History and Folklore: The Luba; History and Religious Rituals: Bemba Traditions; Housing, African American Traditions; Hunting: Aka Net Hunting; Identity and Folklore: The Kunda; Ideophones; Indian Ocean


"Provides in-depth coverage... Extensive cross-referencing and bibliographic references enhance the volume's usefulness... An excellent introduction to African folklore as well as a convenient resource for leading researchers to further study, this is highly recommended for academic and large public libraries with folklore collections." -- Library Journal
"Fits nicely in the gap between encyclopedias of Africa and encyclopedias of folklore, narrowing and sharpening the focus of each. There is no resource quite like this one. Highly recommended for academic and large public libraries." -- Booklist/RBB
"An extremely useful resource... This book provides easy access to information along with reliable resources." -- Pennsylvania School Librarians Association Best Reference Titles 2003
"At the cutting edge of current folklore research... Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and higher." -- Choice
"a representative coverage of folk culture for the whole continent... High quality... Thought-provoking introduction and entries... A welcome addition to the field... I recommend it highly." -- Reference & User Services Quarterly
"This is an exceptionally well-researched and well-written volume... This title is highly recommended." -- American Reference Books Annual
"There is a great deal of good in the encyclopedia, and it is potentially a valuable research tool for those who know little about folklore on the African continent, while also offering some refreshing moments for those who may consider themselves experts on the topic. I can recommend this book for its intended readership of undergraduate students, as well as postgraduates and professional Africanists who seek an authoritative update in their field." -- African Studies Review

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