Mincieli. Tales, merry and wise (Italian)

Today's free book is Tales, merry and wise by Rose Laura Mincieli (1958) with illustrations by Kurt Werth. For the table of contents, check at the bottom of this post below the image.

The book is available at Hathi Trust (I have not checked for other online sources).



Table of Contents

Pidicino
Errato di Barletto
The Songstress and the Fairies
The Pot of Gold 
The Wonderful Night 
The Cavallino 
Mece and His Merry Pranks 
A Message for a Donkey 
The Queen and the Golden Egg 
The Merchant, Saint Michael, and the Devil
The Dog, the Cat, and the Mouse
The Inquiring Rabbit, or The Strongest Thing in the World
The Shepherd's Pipe 
The Farmer and the Harvesters 
The C \oat That Taught the Housewife 
The Three Brothers 
Dancing He Would Go 
The Beacon Light
The Capricious Month
Written in the Stars 
The Three Sisters and the Old Witch
Saint Crispin and the Old One 


Harris. Famous Trees

Today's free book is Legends and stories of famous trees by Jessie Eubank Harris (1963). For the table of contents, check at the bottom of this post below the image.

The book is available at Hathi Trust (I have not checked for other online sources).


Table of Contents

Trees of the Presidents
Trees of History
Unusual and Old Trees
Trees in Literature
Trees Connected with Historical Persons
Unusual Orchards and Forests
Trees in Mythology and Legend
Trees and the Bible
Trees and Holidays
Official State Trees
National Forests and Arboretums
Maximum Age of Trees
White House Trees
Poems


Junod. Life of a South African tribe

Today's free book is The life of a South African tribe by Henri A. Junod (1913). For the table of contents, check at the bottom of this post below the image. The folktales are in Volume II: The Psychic Life.

The book is available at Hathi Trust and Internet Archive (I have not checked for other online sources).



Animal Folklore

1. Nwashisisana, The Hare
The Hare and the Antelope
The Hare and the Water Hole
The Hare and the Tortoise
The Hare and the Lion
The Hare and the Lion Queen
The Hare in His Burrow
The Hare And the Grey Antelope
The Hare at the Pool

2. The Hare and Elephant
The Hare and the Hyena
The Hare in the Lion's Village
The Hare in the Mountains
The Hare's Marriage
The Hare and the Lion's Jawbone
The Hen and the Hare

3. The Hare and the Baboon
The Hare and the Ground-Nuts
The Hare and the Baboon's Wife
The Hare and His Tricks
The Hare and the Meat
The Hare Serves Dinner

4. The Hare's Hoe: A Chain-Tale

4a. The Hare's Hoe: another version

The Wisdom of the Little Ones:
The Disobedient Child and the Big Snake

Ogre Tales:
The Ogre Scaly-Heart

Moral Tales:
Zili

Hobley. Akamba Folklore (East Africa)

Today's free book is Ethnology of A-Kamba and other East African tribes by C.W. Hobley (1910). For the table of contents, check at the bottom of this post below the image.

The book is available at Hathi Trust and Internet Archive (I have not checked for other online sources).



Akamba Folklore

Origin of Death: Frog, Bird, Chameleon
The Hyena, The Hare, and The Lion
How the Animals Got Their Marks
The Story of the Hare Who Was Poor
The Tortoise and the Fish Eagle
The Cunning of the Hare
The Medicine Man's Prophecy

Madan. Lala-Lamba Handbook (Zimbabwe)

Today's free book is Lala-Lamba Handbook (Wisa-Lala dialect of northern Rhodesia) by A. C. Madan (1908). For the table of contents, check at the bottom of this post below the image.

The book is available at Hathi Trust (I have not checked for other online sources).


Table of Contents

The Rabbit and the Lion
The Cock and the Night-Bird
The Bushbuck and the Leopard
The Honey-Bird and the Stork
The Chief and the Rabbit
A Lala Chronicle
The Story of the Ant-Hill
The Guinea-Fowl and Her Eggs
The Man Named Truthful
The Millet
Porridge in the Time of Famine
Lord Rabbit

Rattray. Hausa Folklore

Today's free book is Hausa folk-lore, customs, proverbs, etc.,  by R. Sutherland Rattray (1913). For the table of contents, check at the bottom of this post below the image.

The book is available at Hathi Trust plus Internet Archive Vol. I and Vol 2 (I have not checked for other online sources).



Hausa Heroes and Heroines (Volume 1)

1. The story of the slave by name "The World"
2. How brothers and sisters first came to quarrel and hate each other 
3. The story of the boy and the old woman, and how the wasp got his small waist 
4. The story about a beautiful maiden, and how the hartebeest got the marks under its eyes like teardrops 
5. How the whip and the "mara" spoon (a broken bit of calabash) came to the haunts of men
6. A story about a chief, and how his sons observed his funeral, and the origin of the spider
7. A story about an orphan, showing that "he who sows evil, it comes forth in his own garden"
8. A story about a witch, and how the baby of the family outwitted her, and invented the first walled town
9. The doctor who went a pilgrimage to Mecca on a hyena
10. A story about a chief and his cook
11. A story about three youths all skilled in certain things, and how they used that skill to circumvent a difficulty
12. A story about a giant, and the cause of thunder
13. A story about an orphan which was the origin of the saying "The orphan with a coat of skin is hated, but when it is a metal one he is honoured"
14. A story of a jealous man and what befell him
15. A story of a great friendship and how it was put to the test
16. A story about a test of skill
17. A story about Miss Salt, Miss Pepper, &c.
18. The story of Mos (Moses) and how it came about thatbrothers and sisters do not marry each other
19. A story about a hunter and his son
20. A story about a maiden and the pumpkin
21. The Gawo-tree and the maiden, and the first person who ever went mad

Animal Stories (Volume 2)

22. The lion and the leopard
23. The water of Ladi and how the hyena was made to disgorge the maiden he had eaten
24. The lizard and the hyena
25. The he-goat and how he came to be a domestic animal
26. The beetle and how he got his thatching done for him
27. The spider and the lion
28. The spider and the crows
29. The spider and the dodo
30. The spider, and the hippo, and the elephant


Roscoe. The Baganda

Today's free book is The Baganda: an account of their native customs and beliefs by John Roscoe (1911). For the table of contents, check at the bottom of this post below the image.

The book is available at Hathi Trust (I have not checked for other online sources).


Table of Contents

The Legend of Kintu
The Story of Mpobe
The Leopard and the Hare
The Cat and the Fowl
The Lion and the Crocodile
The Dog and the Leopard
The Lioness and the Cow
Sesota the Large Snake
Kiwobe and his Sheep
Sifirwakange and Kasokambirye
The Hare and the Elephant
Ndyakubi and Ndalakubi
Why the Bats Hang Head Downwards
Wokubira Omulalu my Kyama

Roscoe. The Banyoro (Nyoro) of Central Africa

Today's free book is The Bakitara or Banyoro; the first part of the report to the Mackie ethnological expedition to Central Africa,  by John Roscoe (1923). For the table of contents, check at the bottom of this post below the image.

The book is available at Hathi Trust (I have not checked for other online sources).


Tradition and Folklore

The Visit of King Isaza to King Death
The Story of Nyinamweru
Kagoro warned by ghosts to leave his country
King Mpugu
Mukaikuru who taught Mpugu the royal customs
The Royal Bow of Mpugu
The Story of the Royal Band of Flutes
Kamrasi and the Cows
Why the Hare is the Friend of the Cow
The Hare and the Leopard
The Children of Ruhanga
Why the dead do not come back