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ix Foreword When I first began my research on the oral literature of the Moose as a student at the University of Ouagadougou in 1986, I had no intention of creating a book of folktales. However, the project took form in 1998 when I entered the Intitut des Sciences et des Sociétés of the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique in Burkina Faso. This allowed me to make the most of my field work and add to my corpus. Over the years as I traveled throughout the region with my tape recorder, I listened to stories from all segments of the population. This small volume contains a selection of texts which seemed to me the most significant to give readers an idea of the variety of the oral cultural heritage of the Moose. In this enterprise, I received the generous support and encouragements of Daniel Barreteau, director of research at the IRD (Institut français de recherche pour le développement). I would also like to thank my research colleagues for the interest they showed in my work, as well as Karthala publications, who helped me to publish these selected texts. Finally, without the Moose storytellers from Ouagadougou, Tenkodogo, Ganzourgou, and from many other villages of the Moogo, this book would not exist. I wholeheartedly thank them for showing me a part of the rich oral literature of which they are the keepers. ...


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