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Title: West African Folktales
ISBN: 081010993X
ISBN13: 978-0810109933
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Pages: 229 pages
Publisher: Northwestern University Press; 1 edition (October 1, 1991)
Language: English
Category: Literature & Fiction
Size PDF version: 1621 kb
Size EPUB version: 1858 kb
Subcategory: History & Criticism

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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.