African American Folktales: Stories from Black Traditions in by Roger Abrahams

By Roger Abrahams

From the canefileds of the ante-bellum South, the villages of the Caribbean islands, and the streets of up to date internal towns, listed here are multiple hundred stories from an "incredibly wealthy and affirmative storytelling tradition" (Choice).

Full of lifestyles, knowledge, and humor, those stories diversity from the earthy comedy of tricksters to tales explaining how the area was once created and obtained to be how it is, to ethical fables that inform of encounters among masters and slaves. They comprises tales set down in travelers' stories and plantation journals from the early 19th century, stories accrued through creditors corresponding to Joel Chandler Harris and Zora Neale Hurston, and narratives tape-recorded via Roger Abrahams himself in the course of wide expeditions during the American South and the Caribbean.

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Furthermore, his taxonomy focused on decontextualized signs, not on whole objects. As is typical of many Mesoamerican iconographers, he tended to consider motifs only if they could be easily reduced to a two-dimensional format, and to ignore the significance of the threedimensional forms on which they appeared. 26 Reconsidering Olmec Visual Culture Although Joralemon, following Covarrubias and Coe, initially accepted the centrality of the jaguar to Olmec art, several scholars noted the lack of resemblance of the “were-jaguar” to a real jaguar and proposed alternative possibilities from the animal world as its source.

Yet, the idea of duality was enhanced by still another concept, no less pervasive, that of equilibrium and balance. Rather than the static repose of two equal weights or masses, it can be conceived as a force that constantly modifies the relation between dual and/or polar pairs.  .  . determined and modified the concept of duality. Besides, it was the condition for the preservation of the cosmos.  . 10 Detail from the Codex Borbonicus of the creator couple. Drawing by author. 11 La Venta figurine of pregnant woman.

Such corruption may generate life or may 14 Reconsidering Olmec Visual Culture will pull out all the timbers and reinsert them [another sexual metaphor] starting the fire again. In this case, however, they will also add bone to the logs.  . and thus it is as if the men have reinitiated the production process by refilling the oven/womb with bone/ semen. This interpretation is supported by the Mixtecs’ own explanation for this practice; they say that the bone gives yii “heat” or “force” to the fire.

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