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 was once created and acquired to be how it is, to ethical fables that inform of encounters among masters and slaves. They comprises tales set down in travelers' studies and plantation journals from the early 19th century, stories collected via creditors resembling Joel Chandler Harris and Zora Neale Hurston, and narratives tape-recorded through Roger Abrahams himself in the course of wide expeditions during the American South and the Caribbean.
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A man walking alone in a strange forest at night may find his hair stiffening, his body pouring with cold sweat, his heart beating madly. He suddenly comes on a clearing, where there was a bright light. He sees a smouldering fire, but no one there . . a fire of the spirits. The Lele of the Kasai 17 The diviners regard the water pigs as the animals most highly charged with spiritual power, because they spend their days wallowing in the stream sources, which are the favourite haunt of the spirits.
African American Folktales: Stories from Black Traditions in the New World by Roger Abrahams