African Fables & Myths - Africa Safari Campfire Short Stories
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.
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