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Publisher Comments:

These 123 tales reflect the rich oral tradition of West African folklore. Playful and sly, they teem with talking animals and shape-shifting tricksters, with pacts and promises made and broken, and with impossible deeds done through chicanery and magic. These tales deal with themes common throughout West Africa and the world. Indeed, American readers will recognize such characters as Brer Rabbit and the "tar baby," which had their roots in the folklore of this region. Because there is no overlay of Western values, however, some of the morals may surprise the unsuspecting reader--murder and polygamy, cannibalism and cunning, witchcraft and revenge spin matter-of-factly throughout the stories.

Synopsis:

These 123 tales reflect the rich oral tradition of West African folklore. This collection is unique in that the translations preserve the simplicity and directness of the original tales. No attempt was made to doctor them for Western sensitivities or to alter or expand them.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780810109933
Editor:
Spears, Richard A.
Translator:
Berry, Jack
Translator:
Berry, Jack
Editor:
Spears, Richard A.
Editor:
Spears, Richard
Author:
Spears, Richard
Author:
Berry, Jack
Publisher:
Northwestern University Press
Location:
Evanston, Ill. :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Fairy Tales & Folklore - Single Title
Subject:
African
Subject:
Folklore & Mythology
Subject:
Folklore & Mythology - Folklore
Subject:
Tales
Subject:
Translations into english
Subject:
Africa, West
Subject:
Tales -- Africa, West.
Subject:
World History-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
1
Series Volume:
9395
Publication Date:
19911031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
229
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 0.8 in

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"Synopsis" by , These 123 tales reflect the rich oral tradition of West African folklore. This collection is unique in that the translations preserve the simplicity and directness of the original tales. No attempt was made to doctor them for Western sensitivities or to alter or expand them.
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