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- McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers 2010; US$ 38.00
The Baganda people of Uganda enjoy an extraordinarily rich oral tradition, which serves as a window into their cultural milieu, history, and experiences as a people. This comprehensive, multi-genre work is both a study of the Baganda people's oral literature, framed within the broader contexts of the African oral tradition genre, modern African... more...
- Palgrave Macmillan Ltd. 2009; US$ 80.00
This book introduces seven Andalusi-Moroccan women's tales, analyzes them from literary theoretical perspectives, and reveals them to be vitally feminist. These tales were collected in Tetouan in northern Morocco and few have ever been translated into English. The protagonists, typically Muslim women, come across as being particularly eloquent... more...
- McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers 2010; US$ 35.00
To be from Appalachia--to be at home there and to love it passionately--informs the narratives of each of the sixteen storytellers featured in this work. Their stories are rich in the lore of the past, deeply influenced by family, especially their grandparents, and the ancient mountains they saw every day of their lives as they were growing up. more...
- ABC-CLIO 2010; US$ 280.00
Folklore plays an instrumental role in defining the identity of every culture in the world. While great diversity exists among folklore across different nationalities and geographic areas, folklore concepts and recurring themes are surprisingly consistent across human civilization, such as the striking similarities in animal-character based folk stories.| more...
- Utah State University Press 2010; US$ 25.95
Oni, ubiquitous supernatural figures in Japanese literature, lore, art, and religion, usually appear as demons or ogres. Characteristically threatening, monstrous creatures with ugly features and fearful habits, including cannibalism, they also can be harbingers of prosperity, beautiful and sexual, and especially in modern contexts, even cute... more...
- Palgrave Macmillan 2006; US$ 110.00
Drawing on anthropological fieldwork, this book presents case studies illustrating the re-conceptualization of heritages and traditions in selected locations in Africa, Asia, Australia and Europe. The authors review the importance of oral traditions as markers of identity and consider competing narratives of heritage in postcolonial societies. more...
- Palgrave Macmillan 1999; US$ 114.00
Animals appear not just as biological creatures, but as vehicles of meaning for human imagination, mind and culture. Animal life may form the basis for an animalizing imagination that can enhance our cultural, religious and aesthetic sensibilities. This imagination is rooted in the pre-modern affective relationship between shamans and their familiars,... more...
- McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers 2011; US$ 45.00
The figure of the zombie is a familiar one in world culture, acting as a metaphor for "the other," a participant in narratives of life and death, good and evil, and of a fate worse than death--the state of being "undead." This book explores the phenomenon from its roots in Haitian folklore to its evolution on the silver screen and... more...
- BRILL 2008; US$ 126.00
This highly engaging volume by one of Korea?s leading scholars of comparative provides a valuable introduction to centuries-old beliefs, myths and folk tales relating to Cosmology and Flood, Birth and Agriculture, Messengers of the Underworld, Shamans, Disease, Good Fortune, Love and Family, Gods of Village Shrines, and Heroes. more...