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  • Imaginary Animalsby Boria Sax

    Reaktion Books 2013; US$ 39.00

     Fire-breathing dragons, beautiful mermaids, majestic unicorns, terrifying three-headed dogs—these fantastic creatures have long excited our imagination. Medieval authors placed them in the borders of manuscripts as markers of the boundaries of our understanding. Tales from around the world place these beasts in deserts, deep woods, remote... more...

  • The Power of the Bullby Michael Rice

    Taylor and Francis 2014; US$ 54.95

    Everyone has heard of the Minotaur in the labyrinth on Crete and many know that the Greek gods would adopt the guise of a bull to seduce mortal women. But what lies behind these legends? The Power of the Bull discusses mankind's enduring obsession with bulls. The bull is an almost universal symbol throughout Indo-European cultures. Bull cults proliferated... more...

  • Cinderellaby Judy Sierra

    ABC-CLIO 1992; US$ 44.00

    The stories of a Cinderella character go far beyond the familiar tales of Perrault and Grimm. Author Judy Sierra presents 24 versions that represent a broad range of cultures and geographical areas, styles, with variations on the theme of the persecuted heroine (or occasionally hero) who emerges victorious, regardless of the circumstances. Each version... more...

  • Snakes in Myth, Magic, and History: The Story of a Human Obsessionby Diane Morgan

    ABC-CLIO 2008; US$ 55.00

    The snake is one of humankind's most powerful and ambiguous symbols: it has at various times represented immortality and death, male and female, deity and demon, circle and line, killer and healer, the highest wisdom and the deepest subconscious. By virtue of its mysterious movement, potent poison, fearful grip, unblinking gaze and lightning quick... more...

  • Breaking the Magic Spellby Jack Zipes

    The University Press of Kentucky 2002; US$ 25.00

    This revised, expanded, and updated edition of the 1979 landmark Breaking the Magic Spell examines the enduring power of fairy tales and the ways they invade our subjective world. In seven provocative essays, Zipes discusses the importance of investigating oral folk tales in their socio-political context and traces their evolution into literary fairy... more...

  • Dictionary of Plant Loreby D.C. Watts

    Elsevier Science 2007; US$ 63.95

    Knowledge of plant names can give insight into largely forgotten beliefs. For example, the common red poppy is known as "Blind Man" due to an old superstitious belief that if the poppy were put to the eyes it would cause blindness. Many plant names derived from superstition, folk lore, or primal beliefs. Other names are purely descriptive and can serve... more...

  • The Healing Heart for Communitiesby Allison M. Cox; David H. Albert; Margaret Read McDonald

    New Society Publishers 2003; US$ 19.95

    The only book of its kind that demonstrates the power of storytelling to heal. more...

  • Duke's Handbook of Medicinal Plants of the Bibleby James A. Duke

    Taylor and Francis 2007; US$ 115.95

    Known for their ease of use, artful presentation of scientific information, and evidence-based approach, James Duke?s comprehensive handbooks are the cornerstone in the library of almost every alternative and complementary medicine practitioner and ethnobotanist. Using the successful format of these bestselling handbooks, Duke?s Handbook of Medicinal... more...

  • Living with Storiesby William Schneider

    Utah State University Press 2006; US$ 23.95

    In essays about communities as varied as Alaskan Native, East Indian, Palestinian, Mexican, and African American, oral historians, folklorists, and anthropologists look at how traditional and historical oral narratives live through re-tellings, gaining meaning and significance in repeated performances, from varying contexts, through cultural and historical... more...

  • Physiologusby Michael J. Curley; Michael J. Curley

    University of Chicago Press 2009; US$ 17.00

    One of the most popular and widely read books of the Middle Ages, Physiologus contains allegories of beasts, stones, and trees both real and imaginary, infused by their anonymous author with the spirit of Christian moral and mystical teaching.  Accompanied by an introduction that explains the origins, history, and literary value of this curious... more...