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Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Telling African Folklore Stories in East Africa

Grounding rice and retelling African folklore stories in East Africa

Reading and collecting African folklore short stories is the perfect place to begin your African culture journey.



Great storytelling of the short story began in Africa with the African folktale also known as African folklore. Here are three famous short African stories to begin reading or save when you have time to sit down and truly enjoy the depth and complexity of African folklore.


Grounding rice and retelling African folklore stories in East Africa



Foolish Tongue East African Folktale Short Story


The chief of a village once asked, “Who are more in number in our village, the women or the men?” Koa, the village jester answered without hesitation, “Men are the minority, women the majority!” Koas' wife turned to him puzzled and asked, “How do you know this?” Koa laughed and said, “The reason why there are more women in our village dear wife is that men who listen to what women say are counted as women!” As soon as he spoke the words, Koa knew he would soon have one foot in this world and one in the next for his wife answered, “It is your foolish tongue that will carry you to your grave husband!”.






Why Frogs Croak African Short Story Folklore


The animals arrange a wrestling match between frog and elephant. It is agreed that at the beginning of the match, at the signal each contestant will rush forward into the wrestling match and begin the contest. However, the elephant comes so fast, that he stumbles and falls over on his back, frog jumps through elephant's legs, pins him and wins the match. All Frog's relatives began to croak, and to this day, they crock to each other celebrating the victory over the elephant.




Why the Sky is Curved East African Folklore Short Story


Many, many years ago, when people were innocent, as soon as they died, their souls went directly to heaven. In a short time, heaven was crowded with souls, because nearly everyone went there. One day, while God was sitting on his throne, he felt it move by someone. On looking up, he saw that the souls were pushing towards him because the sky was about to fall. At once he summoned five angels, and said to them, “Go at once to the earth, and hold up the sky with your heads until I can have it repaired.” Then God called together all his carpenters, and said to them, “Repair the heavens as soon as possible.” The work was done; but it happened that the tallest angel was standing in the center of the group; and so, ever since, the sky has been curved.

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