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

Till then, for thousands of years, African stories and fables was carried forward from generation to generation verbally, and quite often forgotten.

A large collection of stories on this site came from the San / Bushmen people, some from our grand-parents, and from living all our lives here in Africa.

To give you a little back-ground: 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. Many 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 and how to track. Many a night around a campfire in the bush, he would tell us stories 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 stories are still very much part of the campfire conversation.

Most traditional African stories and fables have a moral point to them, or is use to educate and explain animal behavior.

Anansi and the Chameleon
Anansi and the Ear of Corn
Cagn and the Baboons
Death Comes to Mankind
How Anansi Became a Spider
How Anansi Tricked God
How the Crocodile Got Its Skin
How the Heron got a Bend in its Neck
How the Jackal got his Black Back
How the Zebra Got his Stripes
Inkalimeva and the Hare
Mantis, Ostrich and Fire
Marwe in the Underworld
Murilé and the Moonchief
Rain and her Son
Sun, Moon and Stars
The First Bushman
The Girl Who Broke Her Pot
The Hidden Husband
The Lion and the Jackal Go Hunting
The Lion Lady
The Mantis Family
The Rain Bull
The Spirit in the Tree
The stories of Heiseb
The Story-tree
Tortoise and the Baboon
Tortoise and the Lizard
Thunder and Lighting
Wanjiru The Maiden
Weeping Willows


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Boshongo Creation Myth
Dogon Creation Myth
Efik Creation Myth
Egyptian Creation Myth
Ekoi Creation Myth
Ethiopian Creation Myth
Fon Creation Myth
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Hottentot Deities
Hottentot Superstition
Luyia on procreation
The Night Walkers
Wahungwe Creation Myth
Yoruba Creation Myth
Zimbabwean Creation Myth
Zulu Creation Myth

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