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Why Goats Smell Bad and Other Stories from Benin
A collection of nineteen folk stories from the Fon people of Benin, about orphans and twins with magical associations, spirits, animals, royalty, and farmers.
Hardcover, 138 pages
Published November 1st 1997 by Linnet Books
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Apr 06, 2010 Meaghan rated it really liked it
A quite interesting collection of about 20 traditional stories from the Fon people in the author's native Benin. Each one is only about four pages long, and each one has a note at the end where Dr. Mama explains the moral of the story and what it says about Fon culture. What I found very interesting is how similar many of the tales are to Western fairy tales such as Cinderella, etc. This book was in the children's section of the library and certainly children would love it, but it would be of in ...more
This was a joy to read! I hope these stories do not get lost with time and I appreciate the author's diligence in collecting them and sharing them. I like to read folk tales from around the world and sometimes the stories in the collections can get a bit tedious and sort of blur together but I did not find that at all here. The stories were distinct and unique, they were comical, sometimes dark, and had lovely morals. I am not sure I always agreed with some of the authors changes to the stories ...more
A collection of folk tales of the Fon people in West Africa. I picked it up because my sister is a Peace Corps volunteer in Benin and it proved to be an entertaining collection of fables. Rated 4 because the author/translator changed a few of the traditional endings, which I believe really changed those stories' feel. If you happen to find a copy, read it! Yogbo the Glutton awaits.