Specimens of Bushman Folklore

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AuthorSpecimens of Bushman Folklore_header_cell_0_0_0 Wilhelm H. I. Bleek and Lucy C. LloydSpecimens of Bushman Folklore_cell_0_0_1
PublisherSpecimens of Bushman Folklore_header_cell_0_1_0 G. AllenSpecimens of Bushman Folklore_cell_0_1_1
Publication dateSpecimens of Bushman Folklore_header_cell_0_2_0 1911Specimens of Bushman Folklore_cell_0_2_1

Specimens of Bushman Folklore is a book by the linguist Wilhelm H. I. Bleek and Lucy C. Lloyd, which was published in 1911. Specimens of Bushman Folklore_sentence_0

The book records eighty-seven legends, myths and other traditional stories of the ǀXam Bushmen in their now-extinct language. Specimens of Bushman Folklore_sentence_1

The stories were collected through interviews with various narrators, chief among them ǀA!kunta, ǁKabbo, Diäǃkwain, ǃKweiten ta ǁken and ǀHanǂkasso. Specimens of Bushman Folklore_sentence_2

These tales were written down and translated by Bleek and his sister-in-law Lloyd. Specimens of Bushman Folklore_sentence_3

Bleek died in 1875, but Lloyd continued transcribing ǀXam narratives after his death. Specimens of Bushman Folklore_sentence_4

It is thanks to her efforts that some of the narratives were eventually published in this book, which also includes sketches of rock art attributed to the Bushmen people and some ǃXun narratives. Specimens of Bushman Folklore_sentence_5

Specimens of Bushman Folklore has been considered the cornerstone of study of the Bushmen and their religious beliefs. Specimens of Bushman Folklore_sentence_6

Laurens van der Post describes the book (and Dorothea Bleek's Mantis and His Friend) as "a sort of Stone Age Bible" in the introduction to The Heart of the Hunter (1961), a follow-up to The Lost World of the Kalahari. Specimens of Bushman Folklore_sentence_7

Specimens of Bushman Folklore, as well as the situation of the Bushmen during their disappearance in South Africa and the lives of Bleek and Lloyd, have been covered in a Dutch documentary series called The Broken String. Specimens of Bushman Folklore_sentence_8


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