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The Coming of Night: A Yoruba Creation Myth from West Africa by James Riordan
Published by Frances Lincoln, 1999

Long, long ago, when the earth was new, the great river goddess Yemoya sent her daughter Aje to marry a handsome earth chief in the Land of Shining Day.

 
The Coming of Night: A Yoruba Creation Myth from West Africa by James Riordan

At first Aje was happy, but soon she started to pine for the dark shadows of her mother’s realm. So her husband asked Crocodile and Hippopotamus to bring Aje a sackful of night. As they carried it back, the animals heard strange noises coming from the sack – and curiosity finally got the better of them…

James Riordan’s retelling of the Yoruba myth, vividly illustrated by Jenny Stow, gives an enchanting explanation of the coming of Night and its creatures to our world.

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