An epic, heroic work by an expert in mind-body healing, this audiobook presents the guiding myths of traditional African civilizations. Picking up where Joseph Campbell left off, Ford examines themes that animate the tales of sub-Saharan African peoples before Christian and Muslim contact. From the rock art of the Bushmen of Southern Africa, dating to some 30,000 years ago, to the sophisticated cosmology of the Bantu, Ford accesses a mythic tribal wisdom in touch with the human Unconscious.
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"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
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.
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Book Description Highbridge Audio, 1999. Audio Book(Cassette). Book Condition: New. New item. Bookseller Inventory # QX-177-26-4166514
Book Description Book Condition: Brand New. Book Condition: Brand New. Bookseller Inventory # 97815651129641.0