and Other Stories from Benin
This is a book for lovers of folklore, both young and old. Why Monkeys Live in Trees and Other Stories from Benin is rich tapestry of oral tales that come from a wide range of Beninese ethnic groups. They include trickster tales as well as 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 value of courage, humility, and kindness.
The Western African Republic Benin (formerly Dahomey) is gifted with a great folk-tale tradition, one of the richest in the world. As piece of oral literature and cultural history, these tales shed light on some of the values and beliefs as well as customs traditions of the people of Benin.