Akan-Ashanti Folk-tales

Akan-Ashanti Folk-tales

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A collection of #Akan #folktales recorded in the #Ashanti and #Kwawu areas of #Ghana. Each folktale in #Twi/Akan is followed by an English translation. These folktales, performed only at night, were more akin to theater than myths, histories, religious tales, or other forms of storytelling in that they were performed before crowds as a form of entertainment and amusement with a narrator accompanied by actors dressed in costumes. Performances took place in the street with the audience seated in a circle or within one of the three stage-like verandas found in the roofless inner courtyard of the traditional Akan home, with the performers in one veranda and the audience standing or seated in the other two open verandas while others gathered under the eaves. Though there are various genres of this type of entertainment (comedies, moral tales, adventure, etc), this volume is a collection of what the Akan call ‘Anansesem’, which are essentially amusing origin and lesson stories, i.e. ‘how it came to be that some people are good-looking and others not’. They are not meant to be factual or historical but rather entertaining.

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