Herskovits. Suriname Folklore

Today's free book is Suriname Folklore, by Melville J. Herskovits and Frances S. Herskovits, with transcriptions of Suriname songs by Dr. M. Kolinski. In addition to the stories below, the book contains many songs, along with an analysis of the music along with other popular traditions.

For the table of contents, check at the bottom of this post below the image. The book is available at Hathi Trust.


1. Outwitting Creditors: Chain of Victims
2. Outwitting Creditors: Chain of Victims
3. Outwitting Creditors: Escape Inside Gourd: The Talking Gourd
4. Outwitting Creditors: How Slavery Began
5. Outwitting Creditors: Anansi Tricks Banker Buffalo
6. Slandering a Rival: Anansi and Rabbit
7. Slandering a Rival: Anansi and Deer
8. Tar Baby: How Anansi Came by Eight Legs
9. Tar Baby: Why Anansi's Thighs are Thin
10. Tar Baby: Monkey as Thief
11. Tar Baby: God Above
12. God Above
13. A Lie Hurts More than a Wound: God Above ..
14. A Lie Hurts More than a Wound
15. Mock Funeral: Gun is Dead
16. Mock Funeral: Gun is Dead
17. Mock Funeral: Tiger Plays Dead
18. Mock Funeral: Tiger Plays Dead: Bone for a Stump
19. Mock Funeral: Gifts from the Dead: Fatal Imitation
20. Fatal Imitation: Monkey's Urine is Sweet
21. Plot to Cook Goat: Bone for a Stump
22. The Boxing Contest: Anansi Uses a Hammer
23. The Boxing Contest: Anansi Uses a Cudgel
24. Tug of War
25. Relay Race
26. The Flying Contest
27. Climbing Contest: Enemy as Judge
28. Why Cock and Butter are Cooked Together: Enemy as Judge
29. Fling Me!
30. Anansi Rides Tiger
31. Anansi Rides Tiger
32. Anansi Rides Tiger
33. Greed Test: The Earth Has Teeth
34. The Mosquito Test: The Greed Test: The Earth Has Teeth
35. The Pepper-Eating Test
36. A Challenge to the Devil
37. Eating Tiger's Guts: Incriminating Song: The Killing Hot Bath
38. The Killing Hot Bath: TableB Turned
39. Curing the Sick: Killing Tiger's Children
40. Curing the Sick: Till Nothing Remains
41. Pot and Whip
42. The Magic Whip
43. Anansi's Wife Tricks Anansi
44. Anansi's Wife Can Figure
45. Collusion with Doctor: The Pots Acquire Feet
46. Collusion with Diviner: How the Madungu Disease Spread
47. Guessing a Name: Anansi Disguises as a Baby
48. Guessing a Name: Anansi Disguises as a Baby
49. Guessing a Name: Anansi Disguises as a Baby
50. Anansi Disguises as a White Man
51. Anansi Disguises as an American
52. Anansi Disguises as an Angel: Tricks the Priest
53. Anansi Disguises as an Angel: Tricks his Mother
54. Contortion as Disguise
55. Speech Mannerism as Disguise
56. Magic Against Gossip
57. Magic Against Gossip
58. Trading with Death
59. Stealing from Death: How Death Came to the City
60. Bargaining with Death
61. No Secrets
62. Playing Sick
63. Profitable Amends: Three Slaves for Three Grains of Corn
64. Profitable Amends: Half a Village for Two Chickens
65. How Wisdom was Spread
66. Enfant Terrible: Killing Magic Bird
67. Enfant Terrible: Killing Magic Bird: How Obia Spread
68. Aboma Kills Anansi
69. Cat as King of Rats
70. Why Cat and Dog are Enemies
71. Dog Asks for a New Name
72. Why Dog Goes About Naked
73. Dog's Riddle
74. Anansi Sets a Trap for Dog
75. Anansi Injures Apprentice Tiger: Kills Father Tiger
76. Enemy Playmates: Snake and Toad
77. Enemy Playmates: Kitten and Rat
78. Baboon Teaches Dog to Climb
79. Baboon Teaches Dog to Climb
80. Incriminating Song
81. Incriminating Song
82. Grudging Hospitality
83. Grudging Hospitality: the Feast on the Mountain and the Feast Under the Water
84. Grudging Hospitality: the Feast on the Mountain and the Feast Under the Water
85. Grudging Hospitality: Food-Taboo Pretext
86. False Friendship: Grudging Hospitality
87. Seeing Trouble: Watcher Tricked
88. Tables Turned: Cockroach Revenged on Anansi
89. Lying about Food Taboo
90. Lying about Food Taboo: Purge to Catch Thief
91. Tiger Decoys Cock
92. Chosen Suitor
93. Snake Gives Beauty
94. Tiger and Goat in Partnership: Pointing Kills 95. Animal Gratitude and Human Duplicity
96. Animal Gratitude and Human Duplicity
97. Animal Gratitude and Human Duplicity
98. The Reward for Good is the Cudgel
99. The Prince Who Changed into a Bird
100. The Good Child and the Bad: Cinderella: Magic Whip
101. Abused Child: Devil Files his Tongue
102. Enfant Terrible: Flight up the Tree
103. The King's Daughter: Magic Flight
104. King Leiman's Daughter: Magic Flight
105. "Brother-None-Surpasses": Magic Flight
106. Giants Cure Boastfulness
107. The Boastful Drummer
108. "Hide Anger till Tomorrow"
109. One-foot, Big-ears, Broad-back, Wide-mouth
110. The Password: the Branding-iron
111. The Leaf that Talked
112. Unfaithful Wife: the Letter Trick
113. The Stupid Wife
114. Spreading the Fingers
115. No Sympathy
116. Take My Place
117. Mock Killing: Take My Place
118. The Unknown Sister
119. Enfant Terrible: Fate of King "Nothing-Hurts-Him"
120. The Rose that Talked: Secret Name: Jealous Sisters
121. The Sleeping Prince
122. Rumpelstiltskin
123. Man Plays Maid-Servant
124. The Man Who Understood Animal Speech
125. "Woman Kills Man": Divulging Answer to Riddle
126. "Woman Kills Man": The Faithless Wife
127. "Woman Kills Man": The Jealous Father: Mother's Treachery
128. Riddling for the Princess: Priest's Deception: Sleeping-mat Test
129. Wealth from a Pot of Honey
130. The Fastidious Go Hungry
131. The Preacher Traps a Thief
132. Master Liar
133. Diploma for Laziness
134. Cheating Death
135. The Devil Complains
136. Trespassing on the Devil's Land
137. Broken Pledge: All Things Talk
138. The Visit of the Vampire
139. Disciplining a Drum
140. Winti Adangra's Revenge
141. Winti Adangra's Magic
142. Yorka Come for Leftovers
143. Yorka Teeth
144. Yorka Rise from Graves
145. The Guitar-Playing Yorka
146. A Card Yorka
147. Exorcising a Yorka
148. Leba and Yorka Make a Wager
Riddles
Proverbs

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