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By Philip M. Peek, Kwesi Yankah

Written through a global workforce of specialists, the three hundred entries offer perception into many features of African tradition and folklore.

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Is not rare. The pseudo-verbal presentative particle ra- is frequent. The of the dimorphematic negation system is extremely mixed; the second element colloquial negative particles is not infrequent. The concord (agreement) system is also mixed and complex. Regarding the syntax of subordinate clauses, syndetic as well as asyndetic constructions abound; the subjunctive particles are often colloquial. The conjunctive particle, used in its colloquial (u, w[V]) as well as in its standard (wa) shape, is an easily identifiable stylistic device.

Pelton, Robert. 1989. The Trickster in West Africa. Berkeley: University of California Press. Roberts, Allen. 1995 Animals in African Art: From the Familiar to the Marvelous. Munich: Presented for the Museum for African Art. New York. Schaller, George. 1972. The Serengeti Lion: A Study in Predator-Prey Relations. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. ROBERTS See also Divination; Tricksters in African Folklore. ARABIC FOLK LITERATURE OF NORTH AFRICA The language (or more precisely the linguistic layers) of North African Arabic folk literature has not yet been paid the attention it deserves.

Others (Sawyer 1966, Pobee 1979, 66) argue that though pietistic adoration may not be strong in rituals directed at the ancestors, many of the elements of ancestral rites are not different from those accorded to the gods or God. Bolaji Idowu (1973, 180) has also argued that the notions of veneration and worship are psychologically too close for a distinction to be made in the case of the ancestors. Moreover, some ancestors are apotheosized into gods, as is particularly the case among the Yoruba of Nigeria.

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