Stories That Float from Afar: Ancestral Folklore of the San of Southern Africa

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  • ISBN-13: 9780864864628
  • Publisher: Texas A&M University Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/2000
  • Pages: 285

Table of Contents

Orthography and pronunciation
Introduction 1
Life and death in /Xam-ka !au 47
Kum 1 A litany of death 49
Kum 2 Death on the hunting-ground 52
Kum 3 Starvation from drought 78
The /Xam-ka !ei and animals 81
Kum 4 How [actual symbol not reproducible] Kasin's eldest brother was carried off by a lion 83
Kum 5 A day of adventure and tragedy 84
Kum 6 Leopard-hunting: the fatal adventure of !Kwai-kwa and his companion 90
Kum 7 Adventure with a family of baboons 92
The giving of names 95
Kum 8 How Mansse obtained the name !Kau /noan 97
Kum 9 Why Dia!kwain's brother Tho-bbo was so named 98
Artefacts and poisons 101
Kum 10 Arrow-making 103
Kum 11 The Arrow barb 107
Kum 12 Poisons 108
Kum 13 Stone artefacts 110
Porcupines 113
Kum 14 Sharing porcupine meat 115
Kum 15 The porcupine's tail 116
The Koranna 119
Kum 16 The escape of /Kannan from the Koranna commando 121
Kum 17 How the approach of a commando was foretold by the mist 123
Relations with colonists 125
Kum 18 Sir Bartle Frere returns to Cape Town 127
Kum 19 Letter from Dia!kwain to his sister !Kweiten-ta-//ken and her family 129
Kum 20 Dreams of home, and life with the magistrate 131
Kum 21 Gui-an and her mistress, Trina de Klerck 133
Kum 22 Hunting ostriches and bartering their feathers for tobacco 135
/Kaggen and his family 143
Kum 23 How the Ichneumon discovered what the Mantis (/Kaggen) did with the honey 145
Kum 24 The Mantis's fight with the Cat and the Ichneumon's rebuke 153
Kum 25 The Ichneumon argues with the Meerkats 158
Kum 26 /Kwammang-a is found by crows 161
Animal tales 163
Kum 27 The lion and the jackals 165
Kum 28 A gemsbok becomes a lion 168
Kum 29 The old woman who was carried off by a hyena 169
Kum 30 The /Kain-/Kain, the girls and the Mantis 171
Kum 31 The first /Xam man brings home a young lion 174
The Early Race 207
Kum 32 A man put into a mouse skin turns into a lion 209
Kum 33 People of the Early Race hunt lions 211
Kum 34 About a moth called !kum !kum and said to pour lice upon them 215
Kum 35 The fox and the Koranna commando 217
Kum 36 The youth of the Early Race who warned those at home of the approach of a Koranna commando 219
Kum 37 How the rain in the form of an eland was shout by one of the Early Race of people 222
Kum 38 The woman was killed by the baboons 224
Ritual relations with animals 227
Kum 39 The Mantis tries to save the hartebeest 229
Kum 40 The killing of a white springbok 233
Kum 41 The springbok's tongue 234
Kum 42 When game has been shot 235
Kum 43 The [actual symbol not reproducible] Nuturu 237
The moon 245
Kum 44 The moon not to be laughed at 247
Kum 45 Hunting with a dog and asking the moon for luck 248
Kum 46 The moon, moths and game 249
Kum 47 The moon and the hare 253
Shamans 255
Kum 48 Shamans and swallows 257
Kum 49 Karosses must not be beaten upon the ground 259
Kum 50 A rock painting 261
Kum 51 //Kabbo causes rain to fall 263
New maidens 267
Kum 52 A ceremony performed by /Xam girls at puberty 269
Kum 53 Men turned into trees by the glance of a new maiden 271
Kum 54 New maidens and the rain 273
Kum 55 The girl who made locusts 277
Kum 56 New maidens and frog 278
References and suggested reading 281
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