African Tales & Fables.

The written language only came to Africa in the late 16th century. Only then missionaries and explorers begin to put an alphabet to the spoken African languages.

Before that, for thousands of years, stories and fables was carried forward verbally from generation to generation, and sadly quite often forgotten.

Most traditional African folk tales, myths and fables have a moral point to them, or is use to educate, or entertain, or to explain animal behaviour, traditions or correct behaviour.

Short Stories, Myths, Fables.

San / Bushmen Stories & Chrigi-in-Africa.

Stories and fables from the San people of Africa

The folk tales and stories of the San are unique in many ways, as it bring to life the magic of the African wildlife and educate at the same time. With one of the oldest cultures in the world, the Bushmen of Southern Africa has a rich story-telling culture. Rangers and Safari guides, working and living in the wilderness areas of Africa, often has contact with the San. As the Bushmen, we see, experience and encounter some strange and wonderful occurrences in nature. Come and experience Africa through our eyes.

The First Bushman
How the Zebra Got his Stripes
How the Jackal got his Black Back
How the Heron got a Bend in its Neck
How the Crocodile Got Its Skin
Cagn and the Baboons
Death Comes to Mankind
Mantis, Ostrich and Fire
Rain and her Son
Sun, Moon and Stars
The Hidden Husband
The Lion and Jackal Go Hunting
The Lion Lady
The Mantis Family
The Rain Bull
The Spirit in the Tree
The Stories of Heiseb

African Myths, Superstitions.

Myths about Africa, animals and plants

Each tribe in Africa has various myths, superstitions relating their origins, culture and beliefs. Through thousands of years some of these tribal myths and superstitions has taken on a life on their own, and often still believed as the truth in many traditional areas.

Ashanti on Procreation
Boshongo Creation Myth
Dogon Creation Myth
Efik Creation Myth
Egyptian Creation Myth
Ekoi Creation Myth
Ethiopian Creation Myth
Fon Creation Myth
Hottentot Beliefs - Water
Hottentot Deities
Hottentot Superstition
Luyia on procreation
Rain Superstitions
The Night Walkers
Wahungwe Creation Myth
Yoruba Creation Myth
Zimbabwean Creation Myth
Zulu Creation Myth

Story-telling in Africa.

Many African stories on this site, has various versions that differs from tribe to tribe. Some came as ideas or gifts from our San / Bushmen friends, some told by our grand-parents to us, and some written by Chrigi-in-Africa.

My name is Chrigi. Let me tell you about my world here in Africa: My younger brother and I was born and raised in Namibia, the old mandate territory of South West Africa.
We spend most of our youth on my Grand-dad's farm in the Kalahari region of Namibia. On the farm, we had a young Kalahari Bushman put in charge of us as a minder.

Often a day was spend exploring and hunting in the bush with him. Not only did he teach us how to hunt, but also about plants, animals, how to track, and how to make fire with two sticks. Many a night around a campfire in the bush, he would tell us about the beliefs, traditions and fables from his people, the Kalahari San. (The San is considered to the be the first people of Africa, and mostly still follow the ancient traditional life-style of hunter / gatherers.)

For the past 26+ years, I've been working and exploring Southern Africa as a Game Ranger and Safari guide. Often I have shared a campfire with tribal African people, and the exchange of tales and information are still very much part of the campfire conversation.

The magic of African stories is that they never stay the same, as each will be changed by the story-teller. Every story is a kind of never-ending story.