By Leo Frobenius
Stories variety 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 fascinating construction myths of the Wahungwe of Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe). The thematic adaptations within the stories correspond with their narrators' various geographical and cultural backgrounds.
Recounted with attractive simplicity and directness, those often fun, occasionally extraordinary tales are illustrated with variations of prehistoric rock work and graphics of twentieth-century Africans. Of huge worth to scholars of African tradition, this ebook also will attract the numerous committed readers of folklore and mythology.
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The rather confusing use of terms requires some explanation. The river Pira-parana and its affluents are inhabited by a number of separate peoples, including the Barasana. The area covered by the Pira-parana river system forms the southwestern part of the Vaupes region, which overlaps from Colombia into Brazil. The other rivers of the Vaupes region are part of the Vaupes river system, whereas the Pira-parana flows into the Apaporis to the south (see map 1). The Tukanoan groups of the Vaupes region are related by common cultural patterns, by their use of Eastern Tukanoan languages and by their participation in an open-ended social system based on the exchange of women between exogamous patrilineal descent groups.
While the ties between some major Exogamous Groups, such as the Tukano and the Bara, are universally known and rigorously respected in the observance of exogamy, it is fruitless to look for an overall organisation of Vaupes Exogamous Groups into discrete phratries. The brothers or mother's children of a given Exogamous Group may intermarry with separate groups which are also classified as brothers or mother's children. Besides, the very existence of three types of link between 21 Social structure Exogamous Groups - agnatic sibling, original uterine sibling and de facto uterine sibling - suggests that this is a weak and variable form of organisation.
The other rivers of the Vaupes region are part of the Vaupes river system, whereas the Pira-parana flows into the Apaporis to the south (see map 1). The Tukanoan groups of the Vaupes region are related by common cultural patterns, by their use of Eastern Tukanoan languages and by their participation in an open-ended social system based on the exchange of women between exogamous patrilineal descent groups. These exogamous groups are the peoples such as the Barasana, Tatuyo, Desana etc. Generally speaking, each of these exogamous units has its own language, but, in the exceptional cases where language and descent boundaries do not coincide, there is enormous confusion in the use of these two criteria for distinguishing groups.
African Genesis: Folk Tales and Myths of Africa by Leo Frobenius