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Myths & legends of the Swahili.

Author: Jan Knappert
Publisher: Nairobi, Heinemann Educational Books, [1970]
Series: African writers series, 75.
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Genre/Form: Folklore
Translations (form)
Legends (texts)
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Knappert, Jan.
Myths & legends of the Swahili.
Nairobi, Heinemann Educational Books, [1970]
(OCoLC)575331926
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jan Knappert
ISBN: 0435900757 9780435900755 0435900838 9780435900830
OCLC Number: 512907
Notes: Label mounted on title page: Humanities Press, New York.
Description: xii, 212 pages 19 cm.
Contents: The creation. The light and the souls --
Heaven and Earth --
How man was moulded --
Satan : prologue in heaven --
Adam and Eve in Paradise --
Adam and Eve on Earth --
Habili and Kabili (Abel and Cain). The prophets. Nabii Burahimu (The prophet Abraham) --
Shamshuni (Samson) --
Nabii Musa (The prophet Moses). Musa marries ; The snake-stick ; Musa and the blind boy ; The value of women ; Musa and the beggar ; Karuni (Korah) ; The exodus ; The three men who came to drink ; Musa, the dove, and the hawk --
Salehe, the first Arabian prophet --
Hudu, the second Arabian prophet --
Nabii Sulemani (the prophet Solomon). The language of the animals ; King Sulemani and the mosquitoes ; King Sulemani and the dolphins --
Nabii Isa bin Mariamu (The prophet Jesus, son of Mary). The prophet Isa's birth ; The three heaps of gold. The miracles of Mohammed. The maulidi "nativity" cycle. The conception of Mohammed ; The birth of Mohammed ; The nurse's story ; The hermit ; Hadija ; Mohammed's mission --
Mohammed's ascension --
The amulet of Anzarumi. Mysterious destinies. Life and where it leads us. The history of the Wakami ; The obedient son becomes sultan ; The rainmaker ; Muniri ; The devout slave girl ; Three words ; Ali, the sword, and the secret charm ; The island of the snake and the land of gold --
The mysteries of the grave. Kibwanasi ; Isa ; The gravedigger ; The poor man and his son ; Rising from the grave. Stories of wit and wisdom. The ruses of Abu Nuwasi, court poet. Abu Nuwasi builds a house ; Abu Nuwasi dies, and rises ; Abu Nuwasi and the two thieves ; Abu Nuwasi obtains a donkey ; Pans proliferate ; The invention of kites ; Eggs and pebbles ; The seven thieves --
A woman for a hundred cows --
Mutanabbi, the old scholar. Zubeida ; Believe what you see ; The bread tree --
The king and the skull --
The story of Mnyanya and Sultan Mnyanya --
The lion and the snake --
Kigonigoni "The womanizer," or The five questions --
Tongue meat. The wiles of women. The jealous husband --
The rat-catcher --
The poor man's son --
Salimu and his wife Pendo --
The trapper --
The king's daughter --
Father's finger --
The pupil --
The hare. Social satire. The poor man and the rich man --
The hunter and the robber --
The farmer and the borrower --
Mr. Clever and Mr. Simple --
Kibwana --
The poor man and the beans --
The beggar's son --
The simpleton and the sultan --
Mutoro --
The stick --
Rugendo. Astute animals. Handy Hare and the drought --
The baboon and the tortoise --
The history of Muhomazikora --
The lion and the hare --
The hare and the people --
The goat --
The tortoise marries a girl --
The snake and the chicken --
The hare and the mongoose. Travellers' tall tales. The river spirit --
Sendibada. The giant bird and the girl tree island ; The copper city --
The woman in the bush --
The giant whale chewa --
The fisherman and the spirit --
Kilangambe --
The magic betel --
The arrowheads --
Three dreams. Spirits and sorcerers. Bird spirits. The place of plenty ; Saidi, the trapper's son ; The kite spirit ; The magic bird --
Other spirits, good and evil. The liar ; Dalari ; The liar and the sorcerer ; Kikaurange --
The man-eating monster --
The story of Bibi Matalai Shamsi, "Princess Sunrise" --
The tree spirit --
The pumpkin spirit --
The giant horse. Just judgements. Ali Bei and the boy --
The merchant, the beggar, and the horse --
The thatcher --
The turtle-dove --
Abu Nuwasi as Cadi --
Said's son (Mwana Saidi) --
The seed.
Series Title: African writers series, 75.

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