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Over the Lip of the World
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A gifted travel writer and poet tells of her journey to Madascar to explore Malagasy oral traditions and myths

Table of Contents

Illustrations
Introduction
The Tapestry of Languages in Translation
Selected Bibliography
AND ALL THE TOWNS BETWEEN
How Stories Came to Be: three views
Origins of Myths, Alphonse Raharison
Tapasiry: Tales from the South, Aurelien de Moussa Behavira
The Oral Tradition, Ernest Rakotosalama
UNDER SOUTHERN SKIES: MEMOIRS OF TOLIARA
Papango Fito Loha: Seven-headed Hawk
Just Head
Babaky: Squash Boy
TRAFFIC IN SALT COUNTRY
The Three Brothers
Two Girls and the Old Woman
Rafaravavy and Randrianoro
SPIRITS OF WATER, SPIRITS OF LAKES
The Legend of Tritriva
Rafara: Girl of the Waters
ROCK, PAPER, SCISSORS
Raharinora and Randriantsara
Faralahy Mahery: Strong Youngest Son
Ravolamamba and Tsaramiamby
PEOPLE OF THE HIGHLANDS; PEOPLE OF THE LONG VALLEYS; PEOPLE OF THE THORNS
It Was There But Goes By Quickly (hiragasy)
Moonlight poem by Mme. Madeline
Water: The Source of Life poem by Mme. Madeline
The Way to Say Farewell poem by M. Ernest
Each Day Now Breaks poem by M. Rado
Afrika! poem by M. Rado
Maliciousness poem by M. Rado
Nostalgia poem by M. Rado
TURNING THE BONES
Andriananahary (Zanahary) sy Andriantompo: The Lord Who Creates and the Lord Who Owns
THE LIGHT STILL SHINES TOMORROW
The Rite of Bathing the King
Jadan'Ikoto
Jaotombo, The Fisherman
ONLY THE SEA BEYOND
Betombokoantsoro: The Monster
Index

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McElroy's well-worded account of the sights, sounds, and people of Madagascar offers the reader a genuine sense of place. Filled with magic and intrigue, Over the Lip of the World will take its readers precisely there.

* Rain Taxi *

A fascinating look at a part of the world not often explored.

* Booklist *

A Piquant glimpse into Malagasy storytelling, set to advantage by the kind of poised writing that makes one slow down, read carefully, savor.

* Kirkus Reviews *

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