Research Difficulties…

It is very hard to find books on West African Folklore. I mean specifically on folklore, not mythology or religion, because I want information on creatures/spirits as opposed to Gods.

A lot of the myth & spirit encyclopedias I have treat Africa as one country (or a couple of countries N. Africa, Central & S. Africa, etc.) and have few to no entries at all. The online sources are extremely limited and when available contain very little information. Quelle Surprise.

I think I’m going to have to make a trip down to the main library again and see if any of their reference books are any better or more detailed.

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2 responses to “Research Difficulties…

  1. Questions like this are asked on the Carl Brandon mailing list fairly regularly and often have a variety of resources offered up. In fact, inspecting the archives would probably cough up a few different research titles? Not sure if you’re on that list or how much you keep up with it, so thought I’d toss it out there.

  2. Jef –
    I didn’t even know there was a mailing list. After joining and looking through it I think it really will be an invaluable resource so thanks so much for suggesting it!

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