By Lydia Cabrera
As a lot a storyteller as an ethnographer, Lydia Cabrera was once captivated through a wierd and magical new international published to her through her Afro-Cuban pals in early twentieth-century Havana. In Afro-Cuban stories this international involves teeming lifestyles, introducing English-speaking readers to a realm of tenuous obstacles among the normal and the supernatural, deities and mortals, the non secular and the likely inanimate.Here readers will discover a vivid, innovative list of African tradition transplanted to Cuba and reworked over the years, a passionate and subversive substitute to the dominant Western tradition of the Americas. during this charmed realm of fantasy and legend, inventive flights, and tough realities, Cabrera indicates us an international grew to become the other way up. during this area guinea hens could make dour Asturians and the king of Spain dance; little fats cooking pots may organize their very own nutrients; the pope can ship encyclicals approximately pumpkins; and officers will be defeated by way of the shrewdness of turtles. the 1st English translation of 1 of crucial writers on African tradition within the Americas, the gathering presents a desirable view of ways African traditions, myths, tales, and religions traveled to the hot World—of how, of their stories, Africans within the Americas created a brand new international all their very own. (20050801)
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He dragged the rock he had used to block the entrance all the way to the middle of the forest and lay down on it, his belly in the air. That’s how Stag found him – smiling, arms crossed behind his head, totally unscathed – as if he had just awoken from a peaceful nap under the mere blaze of a ﬂame-tree’s ﬂowers. 43 Papa Turtle and Papa Tiger “Here’s where I faced the challenge, as you can see. A river of ﬁre ﬂowed over me. And my saliva tasted like glowing embers. And I myself probably tasted like ﬁre.
In Spanish, the sugar apple tree is called anón. The scientiﬁc name is Annona squamosa. 42 Papa Turtle and Papa Tiger Turtle chopped and chopped! Finally, on the ﬁfteenth day, both of them felled the last tree at the very same time. ” That being the case, Turtle decided: “Let’s set ﬁre to our ﬁelds. When mine is burning, I’ll walk into the ﬂames and will stay there until everything is burned. If I burn up like a small branch, then you’ll be the rightful ruler of everything. If – heaven forbid! – you’re the one who burns up, then everything that’s yours will be mine since you’ll be dead.
At dawn, Stag returned. ” Walo-Wila was more beautiful, far more beautiful than Ayere Kénde’s goblet. When the moon and the sea kiss . . 1. The orisha Olokun corresponds to Our Lady of Regla. 28 Walo-Wila Two Queens Once there were two queens. 1 They lived across from each other. One’s name was Eléren Güedde, and the other Oloya Gúanna. Eléren Güedde was an excellent cook. Both were quite rich, but Oloya Gúanna didn’t like to spend her money. She would go to her friends’ houses to eat. She often ate with Eléren Güedde.
Afro-Cuban Tales Cuentos negros de Cuba by Lydia Cabrera