Jamaican Song and Story: Annancy Stories, Digging Sings, Ring Tunes, and Dancing Tunes (Classic Reprint)

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The exact relationship between'the Negro and Bantu races, which of them is the original and which the adulterated stock (in other words, whether the adulteration was an improvement or the reverse), - is a subject quite beyond my competence to discuss. It seems certain that the Negro languages (as yet only tentatively classified) are as distinct from the singularly homogeneous and well-defined Bantu family, as Aryan from Semitic. Ibo, at one end of the area, has possible Bantu affinities, which await fuller investigation; the same thing has been conjectured of Bullom and Temne at the other end (sierra Leone); but these are so-slight and as yet so doubtful that they scarcely affect the above estimate.

The difference in West Coast and Bantu folk-tales is not so marked as that between the languages; yet here, too, along with a great deal which the two have in common, we can pick out some features peculiar to each. And Mr. Jekyll's tales, so far as they can be supposed to come from Africa at all, are not Bantu. The name of Annancy alone is enough to tell us that.

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Language - English

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Published Date - August 23 2019

ISBN - 9780266366775

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Page Count - 352

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