“…they pulled from their stock of stories tales about the old folk…Testimonies to endurance, wit, skill and strength…of luck and outrage….About their own lives they shut up….As though past heroism was enough of a future…”-Toni Morrison
Reminder: Africa is a continent, not a country. It’s all too common of a misconception about the region. Cultural narratives, such as myths concerning creation and origin, often overlap. Considering the continental complications of such a vast region, muddied by the European carving of the world, it remains simplest to explore the myths geographically. Each of these cultures has its own origin epics, heroes, and deities which may or may not overlap in ability, power, and patronage.
Today’s a pretty significant day in our nation’s history. One man who, in his lifetime, steered us towards progress and upheld the definition of freedom, was born. He’s had many titles throughout his life and into his modern legacy, the most common being Honest Abe, the Rail-splitter, and the Great Emancipator (LOC). Born over 200 years ago today in 1809, Abraham Lincoln.
Before I ever heard of Peter Parker, I met a much trickier man. I remember how real he seemed. His cunning and wit, his selfishness and helpfulness, his comeuppances, his curses, and his gifts. He gave as often as he took, reminding me a few real people I knew. He went by a few names, but the one I best recall is Anansi.
An exploration of the hero archetype in modern context.