Stories and Myths from Africa
In ancient Africa, after a hard day of work, the villagers relaxed over a warm dinner in their homes, quite often cooked in a pot. After dinner, villagers might hear the sound of a drum or a rattle announcing a story was soon to be told. The villagers hurried to gather around a central fire. They settled down to listen to the village storyteller. The story might be about that famous magical spider, Anansi. Or perhaps the story was about a great battle or the actions of a god or goddess or other magical being. Or the story might be about the courage of an ordinary person doing something quite extraordinary to achieve a goal. If it was a good story, the story would travel from village to village until many people knew the best stories of the storytellers, the griots of ancient Africa.