By Roger Abrahams
From the canefileds of the ante-bellum South, the villages of the Caribbean islands, and the streets of up to date internal towns, listed below are a couple of hundred stories from an "incredibly wealthy and affirmative storytelling tradition" (Choice).
Full of lifestyles, knowledge, and humor, those stories variety from the earthy comedy of tricksters to tales explaining how the realm used to be created and acquired to be how it is, to ethical fables that inform of encounters among masters and slaves. They contains tales set down in travelers' studies and plantation journals from the early 19th century, stories accumulated via creditors equivalent to Joel Chandler Harris and Zora Neale Hurston, and narratives tape-recorded through Roger Abrahams himself in the course of huge expeditions during the American South and the Caribbean.
Part of the Pantheon Fairy story and Folkore Library
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Therefore, she made it more reasonable to the modern moral system and scientific notion. While displaying to the folklorists and others her creative competence of myth telling and her authority in traditional knowledge, she also expressed her views and beliefs about ancestors, ethics, science, and human history. Myths in Other Ethnic Groups The Richness of Myth in China’s Ethnic Minorities Many Western readers think China is a single-ethnic country and that Chinese mythology is equally unified, integrated, and homogenous.
Literati and scholars engaged in highly sophisticated discussions. The Buddhists also used discussion to defend their theories. Taoism had been prevalent during the Han dynasty; now, in a time of political, social, and economic instability, intellectuals became more interested in searching for an essential view of the universe. In their “pure conversations” (qingtan), literati and scholars tried to find out the “Great Mystery” of the world; hence the philosophical streams of the Jin period are called “The School of Mysteries” (Xuanxue).