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Blackman and White Snake Folklore Story

Blackman and White Snake Folklore Story

Short African folklore story Blackman and White Snake there are countless versions of the same story but the lesson learned does not change. Understanding the significance of this African Folklore Story may help in the solution of difficult real life probelms teenagers and adults face daily.

Blackman and White Snake Folklore Story
White Snake

Blackman and White Snake Folklore Story

A Blackman was walking by himself and saw a small white snake lying under a large rock.

The white snake begged his help; but when she had become free she said, "Now I will bite you!"

The Blackman answered, "That is not right! Let us first go to spider."

When spider had heard the affair, he said, "It is right."

"No," said the Blackman, "Let us ask scorpion!"

Scorpion declared the same, saying, "It is right."

"Now let us ask bird," said the Blackman in his despair.

The bird answered very slowly and considerately, doubting the whole affair, and demanding to see first the place, and whether the Blackman was able to lift the heavy rock.

The white snake lay down, and the Blackman, to prove the truth of his account, put the rock again over her.

When the white snake was securely under the rock, bird said to the Blackman, "Now let her lie there!"

White snake under a rock.

More short folklore stories from Africa to make you fall in love with myths and legends again from the motherland.

  1. Why the bunny rabbit has wiggly slits for a nose
  2. Love Takes No Less Than Everything Marriage Folklore
  3. Hunters Attack Cowards Tell the Story
  4. One Do Wrong All Get Punished
  5. Mighty Little Hedgehog

Folklore storytelling is the most ancient art form of the African Community.


Time and effort must be given to becoming an African folklore storyteller, just as any artist must give time and effort to developing their skill.


African folklore is as old as Africa herself with a deep appreciation for antiquity expressed in artistic form.

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