Origin of Life on Earth: An African Creation Myth

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Winner of the 1993 Coretta Scott King Award and the African Studies Association Outstanding Book Award, here is a lavish retelling of an age-old African creation myth. Based on the legends of the Yoruba, an ancient West African culture, this full-color, cultural experience provides today's young readers with a unique bridge to the past.

Retells the Yoruba creation myth in which the deity Obatala descends from the sky to create the ...

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Winner of the 1993 Coretta Scott King Award and the African Studies Association Outstanding Book Award, here is a lavish retelling of an age-old African creation myth. Based on the legends of the Yoruba, an ancient West African culture, this full-color, cultural experience provides today's young readers with a unique bridge to the past.

Retells the Yoruba creation myth in which the deity Obatala descends from the sky to create the world.

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Gr 2-6-- This Yeruba creation myth begins in the heavenly court of the all-powerful and his agents, male and female orishas. All the orishas are content, save one named Obtala, whose wondering impels him to employ his power in some meaningful way. He prepares thoughtfully for this work, aided by his fellow orishas, and descends from heaven on a golden chain. He takes soil that has been sown with the personality of the orishas and forms humans in his own image,``carefully and lovingly,'' so that the resulting creatures (even the imperfect ones) are ``beautiful to behold.'' The all-powerful then brings them to life and sets the earth spinning, completing this noble, reverent, and positive tale. In the colorful illustrations, glowing with hot yellow and sapphire, ebony silhouettes are effectively set off by elegant, vibrantly patterned clothing and gold ornaments. The bright backgrounds recall batiked African textiles. This story's themes of determination, effort, generosity, and the sacredness of life, as well as the attractive art, extend its appeal beyond myth, religion, or ethic collections. --Patricia Dooley, Univ . of Washington, Seattle
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  • ISBN-13: 9781886366091
  • Publisher: Sights Productions
  • Publication date: 3/28/1996
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 11.72 (w) x 8.70 (h) x 0.10 (d)

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