From the Land of Sheba: Yemeni Folk Tales by Carolyn Han
Although Yemen, at the southern tip of the Arabian Peninsula, is one of the oldest inhabited regions of the world. In the West, however, it is one of the least known places. Ancient Yemen is mentioned in the Bible as the home to frankincense and myrrh, which was once more costly than gold, but what else do we know of this place the Romans called Felix Arabia? As stories often moved with commerce, perhaps some of our earliest stories were born in Yemen's legendary incense groves and traveled with caravans around the world. The fabled past is ever present in Yemen, and stories are told about events that happened long, long ago as if they happened only yesterday. From the Land of Sheba brings a rich assortment of folktales from this ancient land to Western readers.