Why Monkeys Live in Trees and Other Stories from Benin

Trade Paper – $16.95

ISBN 978-1-931896-21-4
Publication Date
September 2006
Page Count
90 pages
Trim Size
6 x 9

Why Monkeys Live in Trees and Other Stories from Benin

This is a book for both young and old lovers of folklore. Why Monkeys Live in Treesand 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

About the Author

Raouf Mama, teacher, storyteller, orator, and CT Master Teaching Artist, is a native of Benin in West Africa. He holds a BA in TESOL from the National University of Benin, as well as an MA in English and a Ph.D. in English and Education from the University of Michigan. He teaches English at Eastern Connecticut State University in Willimantic.