These joyful tales were collected over a number of years in the Nandom area (Ghana) among the Dagara people who live in Ghana, Burkina Faso, and Cote d'Ivoire. They reflect the beliefs and values of the Dagara people, and how they relate to the fauna and flora of the West African region. Tales are meant to entertain, but above all they are didactic by nature and help to teach children and adults alike on what is considered acceptable behaviour in their culture. The collection includes a popular tale about a little boy called Yagangnaa. His name means "wiser than the chief", and he engages in a war of wits with a tyrannical chief and proves to be wittier than the chief. The tales also feature animal characters such as the spider, the rabbit, the tortoise, the donkey, the elephant, and the hyena, among others. The stories portray character traits such as greed, intelligence, fortitude, malice, hard work, pride, and generosity.One main feature of this collection is the prominence of the trickster figure: the spider, the rabbit, and the tortoise.Because of the history of slave trade, the trickster figure is also prominent in the folklore of the descendants of Africans in the Americas.
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