By Roger Abrahams
From the canefileds of the ante-bellum South, the villages of the Caribbean islands, and the streets of latest 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 bought to be how it is, to ethical fables that inform of encounters among masters and slaves. They comprises tales set down in travelers' experiences and plantation journals from the early 19th century, stories amassed by means of creditors corresponding to Joel Chandler Harris and Zora Neale Hurston, and narratives tape-recorded by means of 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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Is a fountain with water capable of giving strength and we see also Maullayruna, a great shaman. this are two beings with an old document in their They are keepers of a tunnel that leads to the S~ Divinity.
The women in the middle are princesses or nymphs called Sukuacra-huarmi; they dance to the music of their icaros. They come from a distant city in the midst of the river. It is a beautiful city full of aromatic perfumed air and many indescribable things. There one can find the most rapid ships, such as the supay-/ancha. Higher up in the picture we see a great royal palace, where muses pompously dance back and forth. The musicians play lutes, producing charming and emotional melodies. A queen and her court-ladies observe all this activity.
This type of yakuruna lives in the largest of the underwater cities and is invoked by the murayas as an ally to control the angulla mama [electric eel], sea monsters, thunder; and storms. Next comes another kind of being, children of the mermaids. They come out to rest by riverbanks, along lakes, and by ravines. Yet further in the background can be seen the underwater realms of great splendour and beauty. One of these realms is an enchanted underwater forest of aquatic plants and seashells containing precious pearls and aquamarines.
African American Folktales: Stories from Black Traditions in the New World by Roger Abrahams