An African Folktale

An African Folktale
Willow Legge
Guildford: Circle Press Publications, 1979
Edition 62/200
Smithsonian Libraries

An African Folktale is an adaptation of a traditional tale told by the Efik people of southeastern Nigeria about why the sun and the moon live in the sky.    Briefly, it goes like this:

Long ago, the Sun and the Water lived together in friendship on earth.  The Sun, having often visited the Water at his home, returns the invitation and the Water accepts.  But when Water arrives at Sun’s house with all his people – all the sea creatures – he overflows it, forcing the Sun and his wife, the Moon, to flee the earth and go to live in the sky, where they remain to this day.

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