Great Mythologies of the World Course 3 - Africa

Great Mythologies of the World Course 3 - Africa
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12 episodes in this series

Episode 1 The Beauty of African Mythology
Jump into the distinctive elements of African mythology with the story of Shango--a fearsome king of the city-kingdom of Oyo who later became a god. Explore how the cyclical structure…
Episode 2 African Creation Stories
Many myths found across the globe wrestle with the concept of how the world started. African mythology is no exception, embracing a variety of philosophies including ex nihilo ("out of…
Episode 3 African Religious Cosmology
The hierarchy of African religious myths is similar to that of many Western cultures. A single god occupies a high position of authority, responsible for the creation of the world.…
Episode 4 Tricksters of Africa
Tricksters are prevalent in mythologies around the world. From Anansi the Trickster spider to Norse Loki and Japanese Susa-no-wo, the archetype of the Trickster has resonated in storytelling worldwide. Tricksters…
Episode 5 Africa’s Gods and Humanity
A recurring theme in African myth is the physical separation between the original creator god and humanity and how that separation came about. While there are parallels to biblical stories…
Episode 6 Close Encounters with African Divinities
Lesser divinities are often heavily involved in human affairs. The interactions between African gods and mortals express many different ideas about the relationship between mortal life and the divine. Examine…
Episode 7 Culture Heroes of African Myth
The earliest superheroes were the heroes of mythology. Though they're known for playing pivotal parts in the founding of societies, it's often impossible to know whether they actually ever existed.…
Episode 8 The African Morality Tale
Myths about the creation of the world or the establishment of a society provide people with an important sense of shared origins and beliefs. Stories play an essential role in…
Episode 9 The Dausi and African Epics
The epic looms large as a storytelling genre in world mythology. Because of their customary length and level of detail, epics often provide a more comprehensive sense of the early…
Episode 10 The Epic of Bakaridjan Kone
The epic of Bakaridjan Kone is much more recent than the Dausi, but it comes from almost the same part of Africa. Much of its history was wracked by war…
Episode 11 Death and the Afterlife in African Myth
Since the goal of mythology is often to provide reason to the unexplainable, it is no surprise that death and the afterlife are major themes throughout African stories, expressing yearning…
Episode 12 African Heroes in the Underworld
In African mythology, as in myths around the world, it's not uncommon to find characters traveling to the land of the dead to face an ultimate challenge and experiencing a…

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