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February 17 , 2008

The Alligator and the Sun


The Alligator and the Sun and other rainforest tales

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Nine captivating tales, which weave a tapestry of the unbelievable and fascinating ancient rainforest lore of the Amerindians of Guyana on South America's Caribbean coast.
In the title tale, the Alligator outwits the Sun and pays the price with scars on his body.
The two sons of the Sun find witchcraft and adventure in tales, "The Twins Revenge on the Tiger" and "Why the Forest Toad Has Bumps."
The Piai or Medicine Man plies his trade in the stories "The Dream" and "The Revenge of the Piai."
In the "The Yawarri and the Tortoise" the yawarri (an opossum) tries to outsmart a tortoise which it dislikes but finds itself outwitted in the end.

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