Dear reader, have you ever heard a story around the campfire? If not, you might have wished you had, for these stories have influenced cultural and social evolution and human thought.
Storytellers have always gathered people in taverns or squares where they lit the fireplace and began to tell fantastic stories. They were highly respected people because even on stormy nights, they provided influence and distraction for those dreaded nights. Firelight stories, conversations, ceremonies and festivities unleashed human imagination and cognitive abilities to form these surreal communities.
Storytellers are everywhere, but in Africa they have a very important identity. Their stories by fire serve to reinforce traditions, promote harmony and cultivate the listener’s imagination.
Do you know why it is so important that these stories are told by the fire? Because it is the light that illuminates the darkness of the night, drives away the monsters that lurk in it so that you can see a new dawn.
From Libros de las Malas Compañías, we have brought you the 2nd edition of Yimulimuli and the dragon and other wonderful tales from Senegal. It is a compilation of 7 stories that we have chosen from these tales told by the heat of the fire in the Senegalese night, in their mother tongue. The stories are about dragons, python snakes and baobabs, mermaids... Whose presence makes the listener leave reality behind and focus on an imaginary world without worries.