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Stories Of The Beginning Origin Myths In Africa South Of The Sahara

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This chapter presents a very selective and much too brief overview of the wealth of creation stories found all over Africa south of the Sahara, followed by a few comments on two important issues widely explained and discussed in African creation stories: the origin of the sexes and the origin of black and white people. The Yoruba, for example, have a myth in which one God moulded the human beings out of clay while another one breathed life into them. It is explained how people got children (Nupe), how the first sin came about in people's lives (Fanti, Ghana), or death (Kaonde, Zambia). Veronika Görög-Karady categorized the numerous myths of origin concerning black and white people she collected from all over Africa according to three themes: the theme of destination, the theme of trial and the theme of the committed error.

Keywords: African creation stories; black people; Veronika Görög-Karady; white people; Yoruba



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