Chapter 9

African Creation Stories

The readings in this chapter, from Uganda and Nigeria, provide examples of African creation stories. Look for characteristics they share with other creation accounts you have been studying: for example, recounting the deeds of the first human and explaining the existence of death. There are also differences: for example, the story from Uganda provides a justification for the Ugandan kingship; also, animals, as well as humans, are used as active characters to tell the story, communicating a closer kind of relationship between humans and their environment.

You can also note the fundamental connections between the stories told here and those in the Trickster section, especially those from Africa and the African-American tradition (Chapter 24).

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