HAUSA FOLKLORE - 22 West African Tales and Stories: Translated and Retold by R Sutherland-Rattray eBook –

West African folk and childrens stories, translated and retold by R Sutherland RattrayThis volume recountsWest African Hausa tales of the origin of the spider, of beautiful maidens, of how hartebeest came by the teardrops under their eyes, of witches, of doctors riding hyenas on pilgrimages, of the cause of thunder, The Gaawoo tree and the maiden, and the first person who ever went mad and many Some of these tales are fairy, or folk, than legend and others folk than fairy Each story imparts a clear message about right and wrong while showing what colour and variety lies hidden in the monotone of the Sahara However, understanding the Hausa culture requires an understanding of Islam itselfa task that can seem near insurmountable when the student is from a Western backgroundWhen R Sutherland Rattray joined the School of Anthropology at Exeter College, Oxford, he had already published Chinyanja Folklore which documented the tales and customs of the Chinyanja of Central Africa He was also quite familiar with several West African languages Therefore on his transfer to West Africa learning about the Hausa language and culture became another string in his already full bow and it was only a matter of time before Hausa Folklore was published% of the profit from the sale of this book will be donated to the Westville Boys High Scholarship Fund enabling gifted but underprivileged South Africans obtain a first class High School education So curl up with these unique West African stories from yesteryear with the knowledge that you have helped sponsor the education of an underprivileged African youthAs the Hausa say If you are not going to drink the pap, stop stirring it The pap is excellentso drink