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 inconceivable stories of the Mande in Sudan and the pleasing production myths of the Wahungwe of Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe). The thematic adaptations within the stories correspond with their narrators' different geographical and cultural backgrounds.
Recounted with enticing simplicity and directness, those often fun, occasionally weird and wonderful tales are illustrated with diversifications of prehistoric rock work and snap shots of twentieth-century Africans. Of large worth to scholars of African tradition, this e-book also will entice the various committed readers of folklore and mythology.
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Upon bearing this Rata returned to his own village, and there reflected over many designs by which be might recover the bones of his father. At length he thought of an excellent plan for this purpose, so he went into the forest and having found a very tall tree, quite straight throughout its entire length, he felled it, and cut off its noble branching top, intending to fashion the trunk into a canoe; and all the insects which inhabit trees, and the spirits of the forests, were very angry at this, and as soon as Rata had returned to the village at evening, when his day's work was ended, they all came and took the tree, and raised it up again, and the innumerable multitude of insects, birds, and spirits, who are called 'The offspring of Hakuturi', worked away at replacing each little chip and shaving in its proper place, and sang aloud their incantations as they worked; this was what they sang with a confused noise of various voices: Fly together, chips and shavings, Stick ye fast together, Hold ye fast together; Stand upright again, O tree!
When they had done this, Rata and his tribe lost no time in hauling it from the forest to the water, and the name they gave to that canoe was Piwaru. When the canoe was afloat upon the sea, 140 warriors embarked on board it, and without delay they paddled off to seek their foes; one night, just at nightfall, they reached the fortress of their enemies who were named Ponaturi. When they arrived there, Rata alone landed, leaving the canoe afloat and all his warriors on board; as be stole along the shore, he saw that a fire was burning on the sacred place, where the Ponaturi consulted their gods and offered sacrifices to them.
In due time Kae arrived at the village where Tinirau lived, and he performed the proper enchantments with fitting ceremonies over the infant. When all these things had been rightly concluded, Tinirau gave a signal to a pet whale that he had tamed, to come on shore; this whale's name was Tutunui. When it knew that its master wanted it, it left the ocean in which it was sporting about, and came to the shore, and its master laid hold of it, and cut a slice of its flesh off to make a feast for the old magician, and he cooked it, and gave a portion of it to Kae, who found it very savoury, and praised the dish very much.
African Genesis: Folk Tales and Myths of Africa by Leo Frobenius