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  • 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...

  • Figs, Dates, Laurel, and Myrrhby Garrison Keillor; Lytton John Musselman

    Timber Press 2007; US$ 24.95

    This book celebrates the plants of the Old Testament and New Testament, including the Apocrypha, and of the Quran. From acacia, the wood of the tabernacle, to wormwood, whose bitter leaves cured intestinal worms, 81 fascinating chapters?covering every plant that has a true botanical counterpart?tell the stories of the fruits and grains, grasses and... more...

  • 100 Birds and How They Got Their Namesby Diana Wells; Lauren Jarrett

    Algonquin Books 2001; US$ 18.95

    How did cranes come to symbolize matrimonial happiness? Why were magpies the only creatures that would not go inside Noah's Ark? Birds and bird imagery are integral parts of our language and culture. With her remarkable ability to dig up curious and captivating facts, Diana Wells hatches a treat for active birders and armchair enthusiasts alike.... more...

  • Signifying Animalsby Roy Willis

    Taylor and Francis 2003; US$ 66.95

    A fresh assessment of the workings of animal symbolism in diverse cultures. Reconsiders the concept of totemism and exposes common fallacies in symbolic interpretation. 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...

  • 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...

  • Mayo Ethnobotanyby David Yetman; Thomas R. Van Devender

    University of California Press 2002; US$ 57.95

    The Mayos, an indigenous people of northwestern Mexico, live in small towns spread over southern Sonora and northern Sinaloa, lands of remarkable biological diversity. Traditional Mayo knowledge is quickly being lost as this culture becomes absorbed into modern Mexico. Moreover, as big agriculture spreads into the region, the natural biodiversity of... 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...

  • Enchanted Europeby Euan Cameron

    Oxford University Press 2010; US$ 38.99

    Since the dawn of history people have used charms and spells to try to control their environment, and forms of divination to try to foresee the otherwise unpredictable chances of life. Many of these techniques were called 'superstitious' by educated elites. For centuries religious believers used 'superstition' as a term of abuse to... more...

  • Storytelling Professionallyby Harlynne Geisler

    ABC-CLIO 1997; US$ 42.00

    Whether you want to become a full time storyteller, expand your storytelling repertoire, or simply hire a storyteller, this guide is for you. Everything you want to know about the profession of storytelling can be found in the book. It will help you sell yourself as a freelance storyteller to schools, libraries, museums, festivals, and other events... more...