The Mwindo Epic: Crash Course World Mythology #29

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A murder scepter, banana beer, and a superhuman newborn. Welcome to the 29th installment of the 41-part Crash Course World Mythology series! Scholars explore the Mwindo epic, an oral tale from the Congo about Mwindo's journey to the underworld. What does he discover along the way?

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Instructional Ideas
  • Have students research other African myths and folktales and share their favorite with a partner
  • Invite partners to play a game of wiki using black seeds or dry beans
Classroom Considerations
  • Shows some minor violence 
  • Conversational tone holds viewers' interest
  • Animations help tell the story 
  • None