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ERIC Number: ED091305
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973
Pages: 12
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The African Mythology: Old and New.
Murphy, E. Jefferson
Myths about Africa are an inevitable outgrowth of a fundamental set of cultural assumptions about race and civilization that have been building in Western culture for at least four hundred years. The old African mythology, which consisted of crude, uncomplimentary stereotypes has been replaced by a new mythology which is much more insidious and detrimental to an understanding of Africa. The new is tougher to combat because it appears objective, is supported by evidence, and is constantly reinforced by the mass media. After a brief discussion of a few of the more notable old myths, the paper discusses and critiques the elements of the new mythology and its foundations. Once teachers recognize the elements of the new mythology, they can study and correct them in an effort to help their students see Africa as it is, rather than as a mythical structure suggests it is. (Author/RM)
Publication Type: Books
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Authoring Institution: Connecticut Univ., Storrs. World Education Project.