By Leo Frobenius
Stories variety from the Kabyl legends of the early Berbers and ballads of the Fulbe bards of Sahel within the southern Sahara to the comically exaggerated unbelievable stories of the Mande in Sudan and the beautiful production myths of the Wahungwe of Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe). The thematic diversifications within the stories correspond with their narrators' diversified geographical and cultural backgrounds.
Recounted with attractive simplicity and directness, those often a laugh, occasionally weird and wonderful tales are illustrated with diversifications of prehistoric rock work and graphics of twentieth-century Africans. Of vast price to scholars of African tradition, this ebook also will attract the numerous dedicated readers of folklore and mythology.
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C. Greek poet, the sisters dwelt on the river Oceanus; he gives them as four in number—Aegle, Arethusa, Erytheia, and Hesperia. Stealing these golden apples was the eleventh labor of Hercules. Having no idea where the apples are kept, he seeks the advice of Nereus, “the old man of the sea” (not to be confused with the gentleman of the same name in the story of Sindbad the Sailor, chapter 3). Nereus is the father of the Nereids and is also a sea god, his special dominion being the Aegean Sea; he also knows where the apples can be found.
But wherever this ancient land might have existed in the past, or whether indeed it existed at all, England’s onetime poet laureate, John Maseﬁeld (1878–1967), captured the timeless romance of a voyage that sets sail down the Red Sea of biblical times in search of gold and other precious commodities in his gloriously resonant poem “Cargoes”: 38 Seafaring Lore & Legend Quinquireme of Nineveh from distant Ophir Rowing home to haven in sunny Palestine, With a cargo of ivory, And apes and peacocks, Sandalwood, cedarwood, and sweet white wine.
Hellespont” is from the Greek Helle, a mythic girl of that name who was drowned there, and pontos, sea, hence the Sea of Helle. The strait itself is about 40 miles long and 1 1⁄2 miles wide. Leander was a youth who lived in Abydos (also Abydus), a town on the Asian shore, while Hero was a priestess of Aphrodite (see above) in the town of Sestus (Sestos) on the European side of the strait (confusingly, Seyffert places Hero in a tower on Lesbos, an island in the eastern Aegean; perhaps this is a misprint for Sestos).