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A Variety of Tales

This week we had two visitors come and tell our class stories. The first person we had was Dr.Ochieng. He was so very interesting! He made us sing and dance and told us african fairy tales. It was probably the best class I have ever had, certainly a real treat! The other person that came in was Dr. Alles. He was also pretty interesting, but the stories he was telling us were pretty difficult to chew. The stories he told us were Indian stories. And no, not Native American Indian. Indian, as in India. None of those stories really flowed well or made much sense. I believe it might of been partly because some of the story might have gotten lost in translation. Either way, these stories had things in common! They both had community ties. Pretty much all the stories were about things that had happened in a community. Both kinds of stories described the way things were. For example, when a child asks why a monkey doesn’t swim, a story would come about as to why this was. Both types of stories had religious connections as well. They were very traditional, and showed the beliefs of each location that they came from. Finally, both types of stories were always told orally. They were passed on to different generations through a story time that they usually had a night time to signify the end of the day. Overall, I was very glad that these two Professors came in and enlightened me. When listening to the stories, I thought about the Native American stories we had read the previous week and instantly made connections between all three. They are all very much alike! The Native American stories have the exact same elements of the other two types of stories! These stories can be found on the internet and in books (because someone was nice enough to write them down so all can see, thank goodness!) so go read them! Let me know what you think! Can you find any differences? What other things do these tales have in common?
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