By Leo Frobenius
Stories diversity from the Kabyl legends of the early Berbers and ballads of the Fulbe bards of Sahel within the southern Sahara to the comically exaggerated unbelievable stories of the Mande in Sudan and the appealing production myths of the Wahungwe of Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe). The thematic adaptations within the stories correspond with their narrators' varied geographical and cultural backgrounds.
Recounted with enticing simplicity and directness, those usually a laugh, occasionally strange tales are illustrated with diversifications of prehistoric rock work and photographs of twentieth-century Africans. Of monstrous price to scholars of African tradition, this ebook also will entice the numerous dedicated readers of folklore and mythology.
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It was true, of course – accepting the fostering of another’s child was also an acceptance that the father was of a higher standing than you were. But this bothered me much less than the fact that Leo, the innocent monk from the Great City and barely out of his teens, had worked this out. Even then, with only a little more than twenty years on him, he had a mind of whirling cogs and toothed wheels, like those I had seen once driving mills and waterwheels in Serkland. He also ate the horse, spearing greasy slivers of it on a little two-tined eating fork.
Tow-Hair went down in a bloody eyeblink and the axes flailed on in Stygg Dusi’s fists, his carefully applied skin-marks streaked with blood, as he hurled himself in a bellowing whirl of arms and legs and axes over the side and into the crowded Dragon Wings. Men scattered before him. ‘Stygg Dusi,’ Nes-Bjorn pointed out and split a feral grin as the man by-named Shy Calm howled and chopped and died hard in the middle of the enemy ship. ‘There are twelve of them,’ I offered and Nes-Bjorn scowled. ‘Eleven now – no, ten, for Stygg has done well.
I should have known better; I should have remembered myself at his age. ’ I asked lightly, reminding Crowbone of the biting stories he had told us, a boy holding grown freemen in thrall out on the cold empty. ‘I have tales left,’ he answered seriously. ‘But the one I have is for later. ’ He saw the confusion in my face and turned away, trotting towards the ship. ‘An eagle told me of troubles to come,’ he flung back over his shoulder. ’ The chill of that stayed with me as I watched Short Serpent slither off down the fjord and even the closeness of Thorgunna under my arm could not warm it, for I was aware of what she carried in her belly and of what her sister cradled in her arms.