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Oral Tradition

James Poyas, pictured here in a daguerrotype taken shortly before his death in 1850, was one of many Ball men to father children by slaves.The black descendants of Ball slaves interviewed for…

Isaac

(Encyclopedia) Isaac ī´zək [Heb.,=laughter], according to the patriarchal narratives of the Book of Genesis, Isaac was the only son of Abraham and Sara. He married Rebecca, and their sons were Esau…

Ga

(Encyclopedia) Ga gä, black African ethnic group, SE Ghana. The Ga speak a Kwa language and, together with the closely related Adangme, number over 1 million. Inheritance and succession to public…

Saxo Grammaticus

(Encyclopedia) Saxo Grammaticus săk´sō grəmăt´ĭkəs, c.1150–c.1220, the first important Danish historian. He was in the service of Absalon, archbishop of Lund, at whose suggestion Saxo wrote the Gesta…

Sadducees

(Encyclopedia) Sadducees săj´o͝osēz, săd´yo͝o–, sect of Jews formed around the time of the Hasmonean revolt (c.200 &BC;). Little is known concerning their beliefs, but according to Josephus…

Fanti

(Encyclopedia) Fanti făn´tē, fän´–, black African ethnic group, S Ghana, living around Cape Coast and Elmina, one of the Akan peoples. The Fanti speak a Twi language, which is part of the Kwa group…

genealogy

(Encyclopedia) genealogy jē˝nēŏl´əjē, –ăl´–, jĕ–, the study of family lineage. Genealogies have existed since ancient times. Family lineage was originally transmitted through oral tradition and later…

riddle

(Encyclopedia) riddle, puzzling question, specifically one that consists of a fanciful description or definition of something to be guessed. A famous riddle was asked by the Sphinx: What goes on four…

Yazidi

(Encyclopedia) Yazidi or Yezidi Middle Eastern religious community whose beliefs incorporate elements of Zoroastrianism, Sufism, Christianity, Manichaeism, and Judaism. Its members, numbering between…

folklore

(Encyclopedia) folklore, the body of customs, legends, beliefs, and superstitions passed on by oral tradition. It includes folk dances, folk songs, folk medicine (the use of magical charms and herbs…