Black-Backed Jackal (Canis Mesomelas), Hwange National Park,Matabeleland North, Zimbabwe

South African Folk-Tales by James A. Honey

Lion by by Keith Levit (photographer)

South African Folk-Tales
by James A. Honey


Origin of the Difference in Modes of Life Between Hottentots and Bushmen

The Lost Message

The Monkey's Fiddle

The Tiger, the Ram, and the Jackal

The Jackal and the Wolf

A Jackal and a Wolf

The Lion, the Jackal, and the Man

The World's Reward

The Lion and the Jackal


The Lion and Jackal [I]

The Lion and Jackal [II]

The Hunt of Lion and Jackal

The Story of Lion and Little Jackal

The Lioness and the Ostrich

Crocodile's Treason

The Story of a Dam

The Dance For Water or Rabbit's Triumph

Jackal and Monkey

Lion's Share

Jackal's Bride

The Story of Hare

The White Man and Snake

Another Version of the Same Fable


Lion's Illness

Jackal, Dove, and Heron

Cock and Jackal

Elephant and Tortoise

Another Version of the Same Fable

Tortoises Hunting Ostriches

The Judgment of Baboon

Lion and Baboon

The Zebra Stallion

When Lion Could Fly

Lion Who Thought Him Self Wiser Than His Mother

Lion Who Took A Woman's Shape

Why Has Jackal a Long, Black Stripe On His Back?

Horse Cursed By Sun

Lion's Defeat

The Origin of Death

Another Version of the Same Fable

A Third Version of the Same Fable

A Fourth Version of the Same Fable

A Zulu Version of the Legend of the "Origin of Death"

Literature on South African Folk-Lore

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Literature on South African Folk-Lore

Geschiedenis van Zuid Afrika, Geo. McCall Theal

Kaffir Folklore, Geo. McCall Theal, 1882

African Native Literature, S. W. Koelle, 1854

South African Folk-lore Journal, Hottentot Fables and Tales, W. H. I. Bleek, 1864

An expedition of Discovery into the Interior of Africa, James Alexander, 1888

South Africa a Century Ago, Anna Barnard, 1901

An account of travels into the interior of South Africa, John Barrow, 1802

Travels in South Africa, John Campbell, 1816

The Childhood of Man, Leo Frobenius, 1909

Travels and Adventure in Eastern Africa, Nathaniel Isaac, 1836

Narrative of Discovery and Adventure in Africa, Jameson, etc., 1830

Voyage dans l'Interieur de I'Afrique, F. Le Vaillant, 1796

Missionary Travels and Researches in South Africa, D. Livingstone, 1858

Scenes in Africa, Capt. Marryat, 1851

Missionary Labors and Scenes in South Africa, R. Moffat, 1845

A New Gazetteer of the Asia, Africa, etc., Continents, J. Morse, 1802

South African Native Races, S.A. Native Races Committee, 1909

Researches into the Physical History of Mankind, J. C. Prichard, 1841

Memorials of South Africa, B. Shaw, 1841

Wanderings and Adventures in the Interior of South Africa, A. Stedman, 1835

Notes on the Bushmen, E. & D. Bleek, 1909

Africa, K. Johnston, 1878

A Voyage to the Cape of Good Hope, A. Sparrmann, 1785

Travels in South Africa, Henry Lichtenstein, 1800

The Dwarfs of Mount Atlas, R. G. Haliburton, 1891

The Native Races of South Africa, G. W. Stow, 1905

Description du Cap de Bonne Esperance, Pierre Kolbe, 1741

Specimens of Dialects, John Clarke, 1849

The text came from:

Honey, James A. South African Folk-tales. New York: Baker & Taylor Company, 1910.

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