Mythic Wisdom From Africa with Clyde Ford

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Although the great continent of Africa is where the oldest remains of the human species have been found, much of Africa's cultural history remains shrouded in mystery--until now. For the first time, Clyde Ford brings to light the unmapped territory of African mythology, drawing upon sacred stories from the wisdom treasury of this ancient land. "Myth is something you resonate with; you don't have to learn it--you just have to remove the barriers to dancing with the rhythms that are already inside of you." African American scholar Clyde Ford believes mythology also has the power to heal society. "African wisdom stands shoulder to shoulder with other sacred traditions around the world. Some of these African traditions are even more ancient than we know these other world traditions to be." Come explore what a part of your unconscious already knows, from the source of human beginnings, Africa. (hosted by Michael Toms)


Ford is the author of:

  • Hero with an African Face: Mythic Wisdom of Traditional Africa (Bantam 1999)

Topics Explored in This Dialogue

  • Why African wisdom is important to our culture and to you
  • The role of myths in our life
  • Coming to terms with cultural trauma on a wide scale
  • Amazing insights into the origins of the words black, Negro, and "Yo"
  • How the bias of scholars has separated us from sacred African wisdom
  • Striking resemblances between African creation myths and the Bible
  • The special significance of the African hero's journey
Host: Michael Toms      Interview Date: 4/7/2000      Program Number: 2817