Hausa Superstitions and Customs

Hausa Superstitions and Customs : An Introduction to the Folk-Lore and the Folk

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  • Hardback | 602 pages
  • 146 x 216 x 40mm | 879.98g
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • Frank Cass Publishers
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0714617296
  • 9780714617299
  • 1,951,822

Table of contents

Part 1 Folk-lore and folk-law: introduction; some characteristics of the tales; animals in the tales; personal characteristics and virtues; the lore of the folk; customs and superstitions; customs and superstitions (contd.). Part 2 Hausa tales, parables and variants: there is no king but God; the punishment of the Sabbath-breakers; the tender-hearted maiden and the fish; the spider, the old woman and the wonderful bull; the false friend; a lie can give more pain than a spear; the king who fulfilled his promise to the leper; the friendly lion, and the youth and his wife; however poor you are there is someone even worse off; the boy, the girl and Dodo; falsehood is more profitable than truth; virtue pays better than greed; the victim does not always see the joke; Dodo, the robber and the magic door; the deceitful spider, the half-man and the rubber-girl; the rich Malam, the thieving spider and the hyaena; little fool, or the biter bit; how the spider ate the hyaena-cubs' food; the slave who was wiser than the king; the cock by his wit saves his skin; the hen seeks a charm from the wild-cat; the battle between the beasts and the birds; the goat frightens the hyaena; the spider, the guinea-fowl and the francolin; how the cunning jerboa killed the strong lion; the camel and the rude monkey; the boy who was lucky in trading; one cannot help an unlucky man; the wonderful ring; the greedy girl and her cure; the gluttons; how Dodo frightened the greedy man; Bortorimi and the spider; the hyaena and the spider visit the king of a far city; the hyaena confesses her guilt; the greedy spider and the birds; the hare outwits the hyaena; everything comes to him who waits; the lazy frog and his punishment; the snake and the scorpion; the spider which bought a dog as a slave; the wooing of the bashful maiden; the girls and the unknown youth; the son of the king of Agaddez; the boy who became his rival's ruler; the wild cat and the hen; the dishonest father; the contest for Dodo's wife; the man and his lazy wives; the two wives, the hyaena and the dove; the man and his wives, and Dodo; the wife who would not work alone; the thoughtful and the thoughtless husbands; Solomon and the birds; the king who coveted his son's wife; the girl who married Dodo's son; the man who married a monkey; the monkey-woman; the despised wife's triumph; the good Kishia and the lucky boy; the determined girl and the wicked parents; the wicked girl, and her punishment; the two half-brothers and the jealous mother; the origin of the white-breasted crow; the brave mother and the cowardly father; the fighting ram; the lucky foundling; the wicked father and the kind stranger; the woman who could not keep a secret; the boy who refused to walk; the woman who bore a clay pot; the woman whose offspring were a mouse and a cake; how the beautiful girl escaped from Dodo; the precocious new-baby settles his father's debts; Dodo's debt; how the eagle outwitted the townspeople; the spider passes on a deshow more