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Jamaican Song and Story: Annancy Stories, Digging Sings, Ring Tunes, and Dancing Tunes

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The trickster hero is a familiar character in folklore, and Jamaica's national folk hero is Annancy, an animal trickster noted for his unmitigated greed, treachery, and cruelty. A magic spider with a speech defect, Annancy is the perfect picaresque rogue: he is sneaky, lazy, dishonest, and totally without remorse--yet his geniality endears him to friend and foe alike.

Annancy stories are an enduringly popular part of Jamaicas cultural heritage, where the spiders knavery finds expression in dance, theatre, and other creative arts. This delightful, compilation features some of the best-known, most-loved Annancy stories--faithfully reproduced, exactly as told to author Walter Jekyll by islanders. In addition to these tales, drawn largely from African sources but occasionally mixed with European strands and local innovations, the book contains digging sings (work songs used to liven up field labor), ring tunes (informal dances), and dancing tunes (mainly the Valse, Polka, Schottische, and Quadrilles).

The authors notes explain the dialect, and an extensive introduction discusses African folklore and its connections with Jamaican stories. Brief appendices note African and European musical influences on Jamaican tunes, and three essays appraise the importance of Annancy stories and the significance of this collection. The finest source of Annancy stories and other Jamaican folk tales and songs, this volume is an invaluable resource for anthropologists and a treat for anyone interested in Jamaican cultural history.

Synopsis:

This collection of authentic stories about Annancy — the trickster spider and Jamaican folk hero — features the best-known, most-loved tales, plus work songs and dance tunes. Extensive editorial apparatus makes it an invaluable resource for anthropologists as well as a treat for anyone interested in Jamaican cultural history.

Synopsis:

This collection of authentic stories about Annancy — the trickster spider and Jamaican folk hero — features the best-known, most-loved tales, plus work songs and dance tunes. Extensive editorial apparatus makes it an invaluable resource for anthropologists as well as a treat for anyone interested in Jamaican cultural history.

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ISBN:
9780486437200
Introduction:
Sherlock, Philip
Introduction:
Bennett, Louise
Introduction by:
Sherlock, Philip
Introduction by:
Bennett, Louise
Introduction:
Sherlock, Philip
Introduction:
Bennett, Louise
Author:
Nettleford, Rex
Author:
Sherlock, Philip
Author:
er
Author:
Jekyll, Walter
Author:
Werner, Alice
Author:
Alice Wern
Author:
Bennett, Louise
Publisher:
Dover Publications
Subject:
Folk & Traditional
Subject:
Folklore
Subject:
Folklore & Mythology - Folklore
Subject:
Folk songs, English
Subject:
Caribbean & West Indies - General
Subject:
Genres & Styles - Folk & Traditional
Subject:
Caribbean & West Indies
Subject:
Anansi (Legendary character)
Subject:
Folklore -- Jamaica.
Subject:
Mythology-Folklore and Storytelling
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20050631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.38 in 0.83 lb

Related Subjects

Arts and Entertainment » Music » Genres and Styles » Folk » Folk and Traditional
History and Social Science » World History » Caribbean
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Humanities » Mythology » Folklore and Storytelling

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Product details 352 pages Dover Publications - English 9780486437200 Reviews:
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This collection of authentic stories about Annancy — the trickster spider and Jamaican folk hero — features the best-known, most-loved tales, plus work songs and dance tunes. Extensive editorial apparatus makes it an invaluable resource for anthropologists as well as a treat for anyone interested in Jamaican cultural history.

"Synopsis" by ,
This collection of authentic stories about Annancy — the trickster spider and Jamaican folk hero — features the best-known, most-loved tales, plus work songs and dance tunes. Extensive editorial apparatus makes it an invaluable resource for anthropologists as well as a treat for anyone interested in Jamaican cultural history.

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