By Leo Frobenius
Stories diversity from the Kabyl legends of the early Berbers and ballads of the Fulbe bards of Sahel within the southern Sahara to the comically exaggerated inconceivable stories of the Mande in Sudan and the appealing construction myths of the Wahungwe of Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe). The thematic adaptations within the stories correspond with their narrators' varied geographical and cultural backgrounds.
Recounted with enticing simplicity and directness, those often a laugh, occasionally extraordinary tales are illustrated with diversifications of prehistoric rock work and snap shots of twentieth-century Africans. Of vast worth to scholars of African tradition, this e-book also will entice the various committed readers of folklore and mythology.
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So when the morning dawned, they buried her in the earth and her husband and father condoled with and mutually consoled each other. Thus far concerning her; but as regards Ala al-Din he donned mourning dress and declined the Divan, abiding tearful-eyed and heavy-hearted at home. " "I hear and I obey," replied Ja'afar. '" When the Caliph had made an end of condoling with him, he charged him not to absent himself from the Divan and returned to his palace. " So presently he carried him into his serraglio and calling a slave-girl named Kút al-Kulúb, said to her, "Ala al-Din had a wife called Zubaydah, him and solace him of cark and care; but she of Almighty Allah, and now I would have thee the lute,"--And Shahrazad perceived the dawn saying her permitted say.
On the morrow he took ten trays and, putting on each a costly present, went up with them to the palace; and the Caliph was sitting on the throne when, behold, Ala al-Din appeared at the door of the Divan, repeating these two couplets, "Honour and Glory wait on thee each morn! * Thine enviers' noses in the dust be set! " The Caliph accepted his gift and, ordering him a robe of honour, made him Provost of the merchants and gave him a seat in the Divan. " Answered the merchant, "Thou hast done well, O Commander of the Faithful, for he is ours and one of us.
Then kiss the Kazi's hand and give him a present, and in like manner kiss the Assessors' hands and give each of them ten gold pieces. " So they agreed to this and bound him after ten days either to pay the dowry or to divorce her. '" Then she rose and made ready food and brought the tray, and they two ate and drank and were merry and mirthful. '';[FN#69] after which she passed from the adagio into the presto and a livelier measure. " Said one of the Dervishes, "Have no care and think of naught but good; for I am Shaykh of the Convent and have forty Dervishes under my orders.