By Roger Abrahams
From the canefileds of the ante-bellum South, the villages of the Caribbean islands, and the streets of latest internal towns, listed here are a couple of hundred stories from an "incredibly wealthy and affirmative storytelling tradition" (Choice).
Full of lifestyles, knowledge, and humor, those stories diversity from the earthy comedy of tricksters to tales explaining how the realm used to be created and acquired to be how it is, to ethical fables that inform of encounters among masters and slaves. They contains tales set down in travelers' stories and plantation journals from the early 19th century, stories accumulated by means of creditors similar to Joel Chandler Harris and Zora Neale Hurston, and narratives tape-recorded through Roger Abrahams himself in the course of large expeditions during the American South and the Caribbean.
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31 His 26 — The beginnings of things — 1111 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 11110 11 12 13 14 11115 16 17 18 19 11120 21 22 23 24 25111 26 27 28 29 11130 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 11140 41 42 43 44 45 11146 other main story is a fable in which Zeus, Prometheus and Athena invited him to judge their handiwork, a bull, a man, and a house respectively. 34 A few of these children of Night are mythical ﬁgures of some signiﬁcance who merit further consideration, especially the Moirai but also the Hesperides and Hypnos and Thanatos.
3 Of the actual geography of the world, a differing amount was known, as might be expected, in different ages. In the Homeric epics, Greece proper and part of the coast of Asia Minor are familiar ground for the most part, but beyond that, little enough is known. The more distant adventures of Odysseus are located in a fairytale realm, even if fabulous places on his itinerary came to be identiﬁed with real places in the seas around Italy in the later tradition. To Aeschylus, some two centuries later, southern Italy is familiar territory enough, but the interior of Asia Minor begins to fade into the unknown and marvellous;4 and after the conquests of Alexander, those who wanted a land of wonders had to go further again, to India (see p.
The author, who may have written under a pseudonym, was apparently an associate of Aristotle who was active in the latter part of the fourth century BC; if that is the case, the book provides the earliest evidence for a number of important legends. A translation and commentary is available, by J. Stern (Wauconda, Illinois, 1996). A similar work of later origin has been transmitted to us under the name of Heraclitus. In contrast to *Euhemerus and his followers, such authors did not attempt to rationalize divine myths.