Children will enjoy reading this story while they follow along looking at the life-like illustrations. Oct 30, Simon Joseph rated it it was amazing The Village that Vanished is a powerful story about a small African village of the Yao people, whose inhabitants are trying to avoid being captured into slavery by another tribe. As the book opens, we see the main character, a young girl, Abikanile, watching her mother pray by the river bank, and we learn that 'slavers' are coming.
Instead, they address lesser gods, many of whom have distinct functions. The Yoruba people of Nigeria, for example, worship a storm god, Shango, who controls thunder and lightning.
The number of gods and goddesses varies from culture to culture. The Buganda of east central Africa have one of the largest pantheons, with 20 or more deities. Many peoples regard the earth, sun, and moon as gods.
In the Congo River region, the most densely wooded part of Africa, the forest itself is a deity—or else a mysterious otherworld where spirits dwell. African mythology is filled with spirits, invisible beings with powers for good or evil.
Spirits are less grand, less powerful, and less like humans than the gods, who often have weaknesses and emotions. Many spirits are associated with physical features such as mountains, rivers, wells, trees, and springs. Nations, peoples, and even small communities may honor local spirits unknown outside their borders.
Some spirits are helpful, others harmful. People may worship spirits and may also try to control them through magical means, usually with the aid of a skilled practitioner—sometimes called the medicine man or woman or the witch doctor—who leads rituals.
People thought to have evil spirits are considered dangerous witches. Many Africans believe that human spirits exist after death. According to some groups, these spirits dwell underground in a world much like that of the living—but upside down.
The spirits sleep during the day and come out at night. Other groups place the realm of the dead in the sky. The Bushmen of southern Africa say that the dead become stars.
Many African groups believe that the spirits of dead ancestors remain near their living descendants to help and protect them—as long as these relatives perform certain ceremonies and pay them due respect.
Believing that the spirits of chieftains and other important characters offer strong protection, the Zulu hold special ceremonies to bring them into the community. In some cultures, it is said that the soul of a dead grandfather, father, or uncle can be reborn in a new baby boy.
Another common belief is that dead souls, particularly those of old men, may return as snakes, which many Africans regard with respect. Ancestor cults play a leading role in the mythologies of some peoples, especially in East and South Africa. The honored dead—whether of the immediate family, the larger clan or kinship group, the community, or the entire culture—become objects of worship and subjects of tales and legends.
An example occurs among the Songhai, who live along the Niger River.
They honor Zoa, a wise and protective ancestor who long ago made his son chieftain. Many groups trace their origins, or the origins of all humans, to first ancestors.
The Buganda say that the first ancestor was Kintu, who came from the land of the gods and married Nambe, daughter of the king of heaven. The Dinkas of the Sudan speak of Garang and Abuk, the first man and woman, whom God created as tiny clay figures in a pot.
Ancestral kings and heroes may be transformed into minor deities for communities or entire nations. The line between legend and history is often blurred.
Some mythic ancestors began as real-life personages whose deeds were exaggerated over time, while others are purely fictional. The Yoruba storm god Shango, for example, may originally have been a mighty warrior king.
The Shilluk, who live along the Nile in the Sudan, trace their ancestry to Nyikang, their first king. Later kings were thought to have been Nyikang reborn into new bodies, and the well-being of the nation depended on their health and vigor. The first king of the Zulu was supposed to have been a son of the supreme god.
Many African peoples traditionally regarded their rulers as divine or semidivine. In part of it, Gassire's Lute, a hero must choose between his own desires and his duty to society. The Mandingo people built a large empire in Mali. Their griots recited tales of kings and heroes.
Sunjata, a story of magic, warfare, kingship, and fate, is known over large portions of West Africa.Secondly, Zulu is also acknowledged for being the largest ethnic group in South Africa, with an estimated population of 11 million people. 2. Maasai. Maasai is the second most popular African tribe after Zulu, and it’s mainly because of its deeply rooted traditions and culture.
Even when a great majority of African tribes are adopting a. Summary: The Village that Vanished is the story of the people of Yao, who flee from slavers by eliminating every trace of the village and escaping to the forest.
All of the hunters and lookouts have been captured and the slavers will come for the villagers next, where the women, children, and elders remain/5.
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