A Few Tales From Africa
Mama is proud to share this space where you can find African fables and folktales
to share with your children or simply to enjoy yourself.
African folktales serve many roles. They are a way to transfer history and culture
as well as being a wonderful method of teaching the values and morals of African
peoples. Additionally, they are a way of spending time together and sharing the
beliefs of a culture. You will find that although the names, situations and details
of the stories change; their morals are often similar. Greed, dishonesty and spitefullness
are punished; while generocity, respect and cleverness are rewarded.
It is also important to read these tales with the understanding that traditional
African society treats the spiritual world as an integral part of the world in which
we live. So it is "normal" to hear and see things in daily life which are a part
of the world of the ancestors or the spiritual realm.
Here are a few fables and folktales from the African continent. The tales are as
diverse and rich as the cultures which fill the African scene. Be sure to stop back
as Mama will be adding more for you to enjoy. You will find the country of origin
listed as well as the ethnic group, when known. Enjoy!