Mules and Men

Mules and Men

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Mules and Men is a treasury of black America's folklore as collected by a famous storyteller and anthropologist who grew up hearing the songs and sermons, sayings and tall tales that have formed an oral history of the South since the time of slavery. Returning to her hometown of Eatonville, Florida, to gather material, Zora Neale Hurston recalls "a hilarious night with a pinch of everything social mixed with the storytelling." Set intimately within the social context of black life, the stories, "big old lies," songs, Vodou customs, and superstitions recorded in these pages capture the imagination and bring back to life the humor and wisdom that is the unique heritage of African Americans.

Publisher: New York : Harper Perennial, 2008
Edition: First Harper Perennial Modern Classics edition
ISBN: 9780061350177
Branch Call Number: 398.20975 H946M 2008
Characteristics: xxiii, 309 pages, 32 pages : illustrations, music ; 21 cm


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Hurston’s classic 1930s treasury of African American folktales provides great context and history to Cha-Cha’s visions of haints.

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Mar 21, 2016

You know Zora Neale Hurston the novelist, but do you know Zora Neale Hurston the anthropologist? Back in the 1930s, Hurston traveled around the south in search of African American folklore: stories, songs and religion. This volume is the product from that trip. What surprised me the most was how closely Hurston got involved in her subject of study. She even works with a Hoodoo (aka. Voodoo) priest to learn his craft.


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