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Hero With An African Face - Clyde W. Ford

Hero With An African Face

Paperback Published: 4th January 2000
ISBN: 9780553378689
Number Of Pages: 256

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In this remarkable book, Clyde Ford restores to us the lost treasure of African mythology, bringing to life the ancient tales and showing why they matter so much to us today.

African myths convey the perennial wisdom of humanity: the creation of the world, the hero's journey, our relationship with nature, death, and resurrection.  From the Ashanti comes the moving account of the grief-stricken Kwasi Benefo's journey to the underworld to seek his beloved wives.  From Uganda we learn of the legendary Kintu, who won the love of a goddess and created a nation from a handful of isolated clans.  The Congo's epic hero Mwindo is the sacred warrior who shows us the path each person must travel to discover his true destiny.

These and other important African myths show us the history of African Americans in a new light--as a hero's journey, a courageous passage to a hard-won victory.  The Hero with an African Face enriches us all by restoring this vital tradition to the world.

"This fascinating exploration of African stories and myths...tells us who we are as human beings--all of us." --Cornel West, author of Race Matters "This wonderful and sustaining work illuminates the power and importance of ancient African myth.... Scholarship and masterful storytelling combine...fascinating." --NAPRA ReView

"A master storyteller....Clyde Ford picks up where Joseph Campbell left off." --Jonathan Young, Ph.D., founding curator, Joseph Campbell Archives and Library

"This is a breakthrough book on the mythic imagination of Africa." --Atlanta Daily World

"An important first look at the universal themes of some of the principal African myths...excellent and much-welcomed." --Seattle Times

"An excellent introduction to African mythology....Brings insights into the myths themselves and encourages further reading." --The Bloomsbury Review

A Map of the People and Myths of Africa
Guidelines for the Pronunciation of African Words
List of Watermarks
List of Illustrations and Table
Voices of the Ancestorsp. 1
The Hero with an African Facep. 16
Myths of Death and Resurrectionp. 35
The Soul's High Adventurep. 52
The Heart of the Sacred Warriorp. 68
The Way of the Master Animalsp. 95
The Goddess in Africap. 114
Orishas: Mysteries of a Divine Selfp. 142
Myths at the Beginning and End of Creationp. 170
Closing the Sacred Circlep. 192
Endnotes and Permissionsp. 201
Bibliographyp. 211
Art Creditsp. 215
Indexp. 217
About the Authorp. 228
Table of Contents provided by Blackwell. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780553378689
ISBN-10: 0553378686
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 4th January 2000
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.9  x 1.6
Weight (kg): 0.39
Edition Number: 1
Edition Type: New edition