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Folktales from the Moose of Burkina Faso Alain-Joseph Sissao Translated from the French by Nina Tanti Folktales from the Moose of Burkina Faso Alain-Joseph Sissao Langaa Research & Publishing Common Initiative Group P.O. Box 902 Mankon Bamenda North West Region Cameroon “In reading these folktales we savor a rich and varied selection of the oral cultural heritage of the Moose of Burkina Faso. Embedded in these entertaining folktales are the values, attitudes, philosophy of life and world view of the Moose community. They are aesthetic expressions of an oral wisdom that is intimate, informal and universal.” - Francisco Jiménez, Author “While this collection of tales will certainly instruct and entertain young people, it will also interest adults who will find the stories uplifting, and an antidote for stress. A real treat that encourages the promotion of our oral literature.” - Dr. Oger Kabore, Ethno-musicologist The Moogo, the region of the Moose —known as “Mossi” in ancient literature—occupies the entire central zone of Burkina Faso. It is divided into several kingdoms, the principal one comprising today’s capital of Ouagadougou. Along with the singing griots, the evening storytellers pass on the ancestral word during the evening gatherings where they provide the group with models to follow. The folktale is the most appropriate form for teaching young children to express themselves, to structure their thoughts, and to reason. The tales portraying familiar animals will be reserved for the group of youngest children. The legendary gluttony and foolishness of MbaKatr é, the hyena, in contrast with the cunning and finesse of Mba-Soâmba, the hare, will interest above all children from 10 – 12 years of age. The stories describing the origin of things, the reason for various social taboos, the legitimacy of social functions and structures, as well character flaws that need correcting, are reserved as a priority for adolescents. Alain-Joseph Sissao was born in Bobo-Dioulasso, Burkina Faso. He is a researcher at the Institute for Social Sciences at the National Scientific Research Center in Ouagadougou. He studies both the oral and written literature of his country and is engaged in several research projects on burkinabè culture. Nina Tanti is a lecturer in French at Santa Clara University, California. Titles by Langaa RPCIG Francis B. Nyamnjoh Stories from Abakwa Mind Searching The Disillusioned African The Convert Souls Forgotten Married But Available Intimate Strangers Dibussi Tande No Turning Back. Poems of Freedom 1990-1993 Scribbles from the Den: Essays on Politics and Collective Memory in Cameroon Kangsen Feka Wakai Fragmented Melodies Ntemfac Ofege Namondo. Child of the Water Spirits Hot Water for the Famous Seven Emmanuel Fru Doh Not Yet Damascus The Fire Within Africa‘s Political Wastelands: The Bastardization of Cameroon Oriki’badan Wading the Tide Stereotyping Africa: Surprising Answers to Surprising Questions Thomas Jing Tale of an African Woman Peter Wuteh Vakunta Grassfields Stories from Cameroon Green Rape: Poetry for the Environment Majunga Tok: Poems in Pidgin English Cry, My Beloved Africa No Love Lost Straddling The Mungo: A Book of Poems in English & French Ba’bila Mutia Coils of Mortal Flesh Kehbuma Langmia Titabet and the Takumbeng An Evil Meal of Evil The Earth Mother Victor Elame Musinga The Barn The Tragedy of Mr. No Balance Ngessimo Mathe Mutaka Building Capacity: Using TEFL and African Languages as Development-oriented Literacy Tools Milton Krieger Cameroon’s Social Democratic Front: Its History and Prospects as an Opposition Political Party, 1990-2011 Sammy Oke Akombi The Raped Amulet The Woman Who Ate Python Beware the Drives: Book of Verse The Wages of Corruption Susan Nkwentie Nde Precipice Second Engagement Francis B. Nyamnjoh & Richard Fonteh Akum The Cameroon GCE Crisis: A Test of Anglophone Solidarity Joyce Ashuntantang & Dibussi Tande Their Champagne Party Will End! Poems in Honor of Bate Besong Emmanuel Achu Disturbing the Peace Rosemary Ekosso The House of Falling Women Peterkins Manyong God the Politician George Ngwane The Power in the Writer: Collected Essays on Culture, Democracy & Development in Africa John Percival The 1961 Cameroon Plebiscite: Choice or Betrayal Albert Azeyeh Réussite scolaire, faillite sociale : généalogie mentale de la crise de l’Afrique noire francophone Aloysius Ajab Amin & Jean-Luc Dubois Croissance et développement au Cameroun : d‘une croissance équilibrée à un développement équitable Carlson Anyangwe Imperialistic Politics in Cameroun: Resistance & the Inception of the Restoration of the Statehood of Southern Cameroons Betrayal of Too Trusting a People: The UN, the UK and the Trust Territory of the Southen Cameroons Bill F. Ndi K‘Cracy...


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