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Sunday, September 17, 2017

Legend of Deepest Darkest Africa

24 hour Legend of Darkest Africa Folklore Story

24 hours of Darkness
There were regions across the African continent when the night lasted for more than 24 hours.

Legend of Deepest Darkest Africa Folklore Story

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What is it like to live in a place with 24 hours of darkness? The African Folktale 24 hours of Darkness teaches us what great deeds small creatures can do.


Darkest Africa Folklore Story

As the elders say, a long time ago the sun did not shine, so it was always night. In the forest there stood a tree which far exceeded in height any other; and so it was that so long as this tree stood there could be no day.

Therefore, all the beasts of the forest conspired to pull it down. The elephant, confident in his strength, first tried; but tried in vain. After him the lion, leopard, and many other animals worked hard, but none could pull it down or root it up.

At last, when all the others had despaired, the hedgehog, came forward and told them that he was stronger than they all were, and would soon prove it by felling the tree.

 So, off he ran, but soon returned with a small but sharp axe, with which he cut away until the tree fell, and as it fell the sun was seen for the first time.

Did you know?

There are two meanings to the term 'The Dark Continent'. When maps were drawn of Africa, there were huge chunks of land known as Terra Incognita, regions that have not been mapped or documented by non-indigenous Africans and as a result the term 'Dark Continent' has two meanings. The first, that it was a continent that non-indigenous Africans knew nothing of and second meaning, refers to the skin color of Africa's indigenous peoples.

Deepest Darkest Africa as it relates to Terra incognita supports the continuing European idea of supremacy over Africa and that Europeans come from a superior culture to bring light literally and figuratively to the dark continent of Africa geography and her peoples.


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