Why Monkeys Live in Trees And Other Stories from Benin

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2006-09-01
  • Publisher: Northwestern Univ Pr
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This is a book for both young and old lovers of folklore. Why Monkeys Live in Trees and Other Stories from Benin is a rich tapestry of oral tales that come from a wide range of Beninese ethnic groups. They include trickster tales and sacred tales involving the greatest and meanest of mankind, as well as nature and the world of spirits. These ageless tales remind us of the power of love, the perils of greed and pride, and the redemptive virtues of courage, humility, and kindness. The Western African Republic of Benin (formerly Dahomey) is gifted with a great folktale tradition, one of the richest in the world. As pieces of oral literature and cultural history, these tales shed light on some of the values and beliefs as well as the customs and traditions of the people of Benin.

Table of Contents

Come and hear my storyp. 1
Blessed are the storytellers, for they are the keepers of the wordp. 2
Why monkeys live in treesp. 3
Why the sun shines by day and the moon by nightp. 9
Why bee makes honey and snake crawls on its bellyp. 13
How goat got out of troublep. 16
Truth and liep. 22
The jar and the necklacep. 29
Louis Magbop. 35
The prodigal princep. 40
The blind man and the lampp. 47
The most delicious food in the worldp. 49
The jar with a thousand holesp. 57
A friend is goldp. 70
The magic of lovep. 76
The wise old manp. 83
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