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A treasury of Afro-American folklore : the oral literature, traditions, recollections, legends, tales, songs, religious beliefs, customs, sayings, and humor of peoples of African descent in the Americas

Author: Harold Courlander
Publisher: New York : Marlowe, ©1996.
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Afro-American Folklore, as seen in this collection, includes a wide array of orally transmitted traditions of the numerous, sometimes disparate, Negro cultures of the New World. Among these traditions are tales of scoundrels, heroes, rollicking adventures, friendship, and much more: songs, myths, myth-legends, epic-like narrations, and recollections of historical happenings. There are descriptions of cult life,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Folklore
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Harold Courlander
ISBN: 1569248117 9781569248119 1569245010 9781569245019
OCLC Number: 34062937
Description: xx, 618 pages, [8] leaves of plates : illustrations, music ; 23 cm
Contents: Africa's mark in the western hemisphere --
The inheritance in Cuba --
Some Yoruba legends in Cuba --
Lucumi (Yoruba) liturgical music in Cuba --
Rites of the Abakwa secret society --
Haitian religious traditions : Vodoun --
Two Vodoun rituals --
Two Haitian drum rhythms --
Haiti's political songs : comments on the mighty --
Haitian tales : gods, tricksters and others --
Haitian animal tales --
The Creole language --
Some Haitian proverbs --
Negro song poetry in Puerto Rico --
Four tales from Guadeloupe --
Two old slave songs from Carriacou --
The Bamboula dance, myth and reality --
Preacher tales I the Caribbean --
West Indian Calypso --
Some tales with African themes from the English-speaking Islands --
Tales of cuckolds and rakes --
Others tales from the English-speaking islands --
Jamaican alphabet game --
One bright summer morning --
Some ballads from the Bahamas --
African-derived religious motifs in Jamaica --
The Ras Tafari movement in Jamaica --
About the Maroons of Jamaica --
Two tales from accompong --
Some Trinidadian healing remedies --
Song of a household slave in Mexico --
The black Caribs of British Honduras --
Surinam : coast people and bush negroes --
Djuka song from the Surinam bush --
Some proverbs of the Saramacca bush-negroes of Surinam --
Lobi singi from Paramaribo --
Some Surinam tales --
Three party songs from Guyana --
Four Afro-Venezuelan tales --
The Afro-Venezuelan Mampulorio --
The myth of Maria Lionza --
Three Afro-Venezuelan songs --
Brazil : the Palmares story --
African religious survivals in Brazil --
Zetu ceremony honoring the deity Yansan --
Some Brazilian cult songs to Yoruba deities --
Melody of a Brazilian cult song --
A cult festival, as reported in the press --
Some words of African origin in Brazilian-Portuguese speech --
The man who took a water mother for his bride --
Brazil : the way of Batucada --
Afro-American lore, oral literature and folk music in the United States --
The situation of the blacks as seen by nineteenth-century chroniclers --
Epitaph of a slave--
Traditions and recollections in the Sea Islands --
The Bilali document --
The Gullah speech of the coastal region --
Three tales in Gullah dialect --
Uncle Remus confronts the coastal dialect --
Sea Island riddles --
Spirituals and religious epics --
As the spirituals are sung --
From the pulpit --
The religious shout --
On the making of songs --
Evolution of a plantation song --
The John Henry epic --
Some traditional black ballads --
Worksons : road gangs and prison camps --
Some miscellaneous old beliefs --
A Mississippi sharecropper, 1954 --
Recollections of old master and John --
Plantation proverbs --
Justice, injustice and ghosts in the swamps of the Congaree --
Churches, preachers, and deacons --
Testing wits : Buh rabbit, Buh fox, and other creatures --
Testing wits : human vs. demon --
Moralizing tales --
The beginning of things --
Some familiar proverbs --
An Alabama storyteller and bard --
The tub with the ancient antecedents --
The Carolina yell and far from home --
Boasting and big old lies --
Richard creeks on conjuring and doctoring --
Some ring and line games from Alabama --
African dancing in New Orleans --
"Voodoo" rituals in new Orleans --
Congo Square --
Creole tales from Louisiana --
Three Creole ballads --
New Orleans superstitions.
Other Titles: Afro-American folklore
Responsibility: by Harold Courlander ; decorations by Enrico Arno.
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Afro-American Folklore, as seen in this collection, includes a wide array of orally transmitted traditions of the numerous, sometimes disparate, Negro cultures of the New World. Among these traditions are tales of scoundrels, heroes, rollicking adventures, friendship, and much more: songs, myths, myth-legends, epic-like narrations, and recollections of historical happenings. There are descriptions of cult life, around which many traditions and beliefs flow; of music and dance, which have an integral connection with traditional ways; and of the social scene in places where African and European, or white and black ideas intermingled and became Afro-American. A Treasury of Afro-American Folklore perceives the interconnections of cultural inheritances throughout the Afro-American region and the local divergences as well. Early sections of the book survey the traditions and oral literature of Spanish, French, and English-speaking islands of the Caribbean, and of areas of Central and South America inhabited by people of African descent. There follows an extensive section devoted to the tales, beliefs, recollections, songs, religious epics, and a wide variety of oral creations of blacks in the United States. The Appendixes include a number of African stories and descriptions that point up the impact of African traditions on the cultures of Afro-America. A Treasury of Afro-American Folklore is a remarkable achievement, a major work in a field that has long needed in-depth exploration. It belongs on the shelf of every library, and in the homes of all who have an interest in this exciting aspect of America's cultural history.

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