When Night Falls, Kric! Krac!: Haitian Folktales by Liliane Louis, Fred J. Hay

By Liliane Louis, Fred J. Hay

While evening falls in Haiti, it is time for tales. The storyteller says kric, the viewers responds krac, and all the young ones develop into very excited. This assortment brings you very good treasures from a rustic that's wealthy in spirit and tradition. via full of life stories remembered from early life, storyteller Liliane Nerette Louis stocks with readers and listeners the heat, fondness, and humor of her attractive and mysterious place of origin. The 28 stories are prepared via topics and themes-Bouki and Malis (mythical characters in Haitian folklore); stepmothers; animals; kings and princes; ghosts, zonbi, and tonton makout; and love and courtship. Louis additionally stocks a number of tantalizing, conventional recipes. moreover, a old historical past, colour and black-and-white photos, and line drawings are incorporated, making this a invaluable source for educators and scholars.

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One day the mother of the city family saw the peasant's daughter digging at the eyes of a big fish with a stick. "Look at you," the peasant girl said. "My mother said to you, 'Turn to a fish, turn to a fish,' but you wanted to stay a zonbi. My mother had to beat you up bad before you would turn into a fish. Don't you see my mother has company to feed? " Then the mother understood the source of the nice fish they had been eating: Those fish were people, who had been turned into zonbi and then into fish!

Then, in a beautiful folktale, she would convey her message about my wrongdoing. No one would easily forget her beautiful storiesor her message of right and wrong. The folktales are stories from long ago; the slaves brought them over from Africa. Many of the folktales deal with the supernatural. Stories involving animals who communicate with people are common. So are stories about religion and the church. Many stories deal with the local church and priest; in some stories, even God steps in to help people solve their problems!

The food was tasty, but the family became suspicious of the source of the nice fish they were served. One day the mother of the city family saw the peasant's daughter digging at the eyes of a big fish with a stick. "Look at you," the peasant girl said. "My mother said to you, 'Turn to a fish, turn to a fish,' but you wanted to stay a zonbi. My mother had to beat you up bad before you would turn into a fish. Don't you see my mother has company to feed? " Then the mother understood the source of the nice fish they had been eating: Those fish were people, who had been turned into zonbi and then into fish!

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