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Hadithi Tales - FolkTales and Legends from East Africa

Hadithi Tales - FolkTales and Legends from East Africa

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Folk Tales and Legends from East Africa


Hadithi Tales includes a range of stories that originate in East Africa. The seemingly simple art of storytelling is incredibly important in African societies. Storytelling helps those societies to understand core elements such as religion, morals, history, purpose social norms. The collective nature of oral storytelling also helps to cement bonds among generations and family groups, and is significant in the way that it helps people to share experiences and ideas. As with  so many cultures the storytellers of Eastern Africa recount tales of heroes and ancestors. These heroes and forebears continue to influence the lives of the living in very real ways.


Oral traditions in East Africa cover both prose and verse forms, often portraying mythological or historical characters and can include tales of the trickster character. Storytellers in Africa sometimes use call-and-response techniques to tell their stories. Poetry, often sung, includes narrative epic, occupational verse, ritual verse, and praise poems of rulers and other prominent people. Praise singers, bards sometimes known as "griots", tell their stories with music.


Examples of pre-colonial African literature are numerous. In Ethiopia, there is a substantial literature written in Ge'ez going back at least to the fourth century AD, the best-known work in this tradition being the Kebra Negast, or Book of Kings. As I mentioned earlier, one popular form of traditional African folktale is the "trickster" story, in which a small animal uses its wits to survive encounters with larger creatures. Examples of animal tricksters include Anansi, a spider in the folklore of the Ashanti people of Ghana, Ijàpá, a tortoise in the Yoruba folklore of Nigeria, and Sungura, a hare found in central and East African folklore.


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