From the Lands of the Night by Tololwa MollelFrom the Lands of the Night by Tololwa Mollel

From the Lands of the Night

byTololwa MollelIllustratorDarrell Mccalla

Hardcover | December 28, 2013

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In this story, the young girl Ra-Eli watches as her family agonizes over the illness of her baby brother Samson. When they approach a healer, the answer comes:

    "Hold a ceremony to honor your ancestors and ask them to help, a joyful ceremony filled with guests."
    "Joyful?" my mother said. "How can we be joyful at a time like this?"
    "A joyful ceremony it must be," replied the healer. "Nothing less will bring the ancestors from their lands of the night. Let's seek joy in hope."

    And there follows one of those magical sequences that are found in the traditional tales of East Africa, where Tololwa comes from. First, neighbours and friends come to the event — then angels and finally Mola — God. Music and dancing ensue, and when the exhausted Ra-Eli wakes, Mola hands the now recovered baby to his joyful mother.

    This story is a true testament to the power of ceremony and music and the honouring of ancestors who come, from the lands of the night.

Tololwa Mollel Is a children's author, dramatist and storyteller. He grew up in Arusha Tanzania at the times when oral tradition was still alive and well. Tololwa has written over sixteen books using traditional folklore as their basis. He has worked as an actor and university theatre instructor in Tanzania and Canada, and as a writer-...
Title:From the Lands of the NightFormat:HardcoverDimensions:32 pages, 11 × 8.5 × 0.3 inPublished:December 28, 2013Publisher:Red Deer PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0889954984

ISBN - 13:9780889954984

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Praise for The Orphan Boy by Tololwa Mollel:
“…makes convincing contact with that deep vein of folklore where…the child is the central figure.” (The New York Times)