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African Mythology

A Concise Guide to the Gods, Heroes, Sagas, Rituals and Beliefs of African Myths
Narrated by: Gareth Johnson
Length: 1 hr and 53 mins
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This book is dedicated to exploring the gods and goddesses that the people on the African continent worshiped, and within the pages, you will find more information about:

  • Background facts about African culture, such as art, foods, and traditions
  • The most amazing and controversial African myths
  • The top 10 infamous mythical legends and folklore from the African continent
  • An extensive list of African gods and goddesses
  • The great story of "Hlakanyana the Cunning"
  • The dramatic legend of Anansi, the spider, the trickster, and spirit of knowledge in African mythology
  • Beautiful baby names derived from African mythology
  • Crazy myths about African vampires 

African mythology is intricate, complex, and the ideals behind some of their mythological beliefs were often intertwined with actual events. This book examines how both myth and fact contributed to the culture and traditions of the African people and how these influences and some stories continue to live on throughout the centuries. 

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Very Eurocentric view of Africa

This book was clearly written by a non-African person, and was written as though by a zookeeper unwilling to enter the cage for a real observation.

I think that concise isn’t the proper adjective for this guide, maybe brief would’ve been better. It felt like this consisted of bullet points on a number of different topics.

Additionally, the narrator mispronounced/bastardized many places and names.


Overall, this is not for people who have actually studied Africa and African Folklore.

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enjoyed the content

so this books information is very good and informative. I didn't really care for the readers speaking style of delivery of the stories because he sounds mechanical and motionless. I couldn't feel the connection between the storyteller and the stories.

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very entertaining and informative.

would probably purchase the book.
enjoyed very much. did have to slow down the narrative, so I could understand.

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Great Listen!

This is an entertaining book for me as I really want mythological stuff like this. Awesome!

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Informative!

Awesome information about African Mythology. I found this audio book very detailed and amazing . Good job!

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Great audible

Astounding revelation about the continent of Africa. How they have lived in the past and how they have passed their cultures and traditions over the centuries. How their myths and legends affects their way of living and views about life.

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Interesting to listen to

It’s good to study about African’s belief, tradition, culture, and legends. It was really controversial that you would want to go deeper with their life.

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Very impressive!

African’s gods and goddess were far more different from what we have constantly heard about like those of Greek mythology. Theirs were more magical. You will be amazed by their legends as you listen to audible book.

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Awesome!

Interesting to hear about African myths specially vampires existing in their time. How their beliefs and cultures have contributed to their Present generation.

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Good.. but mostly quoting wikipedia

I did like this book.. but a lot of it was word for word from wikipedia.

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  • 11-05-18

All of the most important myths

The voice was calming and professional. I liked the narrative and the information. The African myths appeal to me.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-15-19

A good overview of the mythology

This is a good audio book. I had hoped for more stories, but overall that narration is good and information is well written and presented. Definitely a worthwhile listen

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-19-18

Pronunciation/narration...AWFUL!

I would suggest that in getting someone to narrate this material, the reader should KNOW how to pronounce words like ‘Ife’ and ‘Xhosa’...the British accent on top of this lends a highly patronising flavour. This is really awful and I deeply regret buying this...

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