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  • Jataka Stories in Theravada Buddhismby Dr Naomi Appleton

    Ashgate Publishing Ltd 2013; US$ 124.95

    Jataka stories (stories about the previous births of the Buddha) are very popular in Theravada Buddhist countries, where they are commonly used in sermons, children's books, plays, poetry, temple illustrations, rituals and festivals. Buddhist tradition tells us that the stories illustrate the gradual path to perfection exemplified by the Buddha... more...

  • Seven Story Towerby Curtiss Hoffman

    Basic Books 2008; US$ 16.00

    A compelling introduction to the world of myth and its influence on culture and society more...

  • Witchcraft Myths in American Cultureby Marion Gibson

    Taylor and Francis 2012; US$ 38.95

    A fascinating examination of how Americans think about and write about witches, from the 'real' witches tried and sometimes executed in early New England to modern re-imaginings of witches as pagan priestesses, comic-strip heroines and feminist icons. The first half of the book is a thorough re-reading of the original documents describing witchcraft... more...

  • The Blind Man and the Loonby Craig Mishler; Robin Ridington

    UNP - Nebraska 2013; US$ 50.00

    Craig Mishler is an affiliate research professor with the Alaska Native Language Center at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. He is the editor of Neerihiinjėk: We Traveled from Place to Place:  The Gwich?in Stories of Johnny and Sarah Frank and the author of The Crooked Stovepipe: Athapaskan Fiddle Music and Square Dancing in Northeast Alaska... more...

  • The Fox's Craft in Japanese Religion and Cultureby Michael Bathgate

    Taylor and Francis 2004; US$ 150.00

    For more than a millennium, the fox has been a ubiquitous figure at the margins of the Japanese collective imagination. In the writings of the nobility and the motifs of popular literature, the fox is known as a shapeshifter, able to assume various forms in order to deceive others. Focusing on recurring themes of transformation and duplicity in folklore,... more...

  • Teaching with Folk Stories of the Hmong: An Activity Bookby Dia Cha; Norma Livo

    ABC-CLIO 2000; US$ 30.00

    Teach students about Hmong culture, build appreciation of diversity, and extend learning across the curriculum with engaging activities based on Hmong folktales and traditions. After a fascinating overview of the history and customs of the Hmong, Dia shares her experience of emigrating from Vietnam to the U.S. The book also offers a profusion of lively... more...

  • Images of a People: Tlingit Myths and Legendsby Mary Pelton; Jacquelle DiGennaro

    ABC-CLIO 1992; US$ 40.00

    In the first part of this book, the authors introduce us to the Tlingit culture, history, land, and traditional art forms. The second part is a collection of 22 tales, from creation myths and religious stories to stories that teach familial values. A bibliography, an index, color photographs, and illustrations by traditional Tlingit artist Ts'anak... more...

  • The Saharaby Eamonn Gearon

    Andrews UK 2011; US$ 13.99

    The Sahara is the quintessence of isolation, epitomizing both remoteness and severity of environment unlike any other place on the face of the earth. Replete with myths and fictions, it is a wild land, dotted with oases and camel trains trudging through sand dunes that roll like the waves on a sea, as far as the distant horizon. But this is just part... more...

  • The Saga of the Volsungsby Jesse L. Byock

    University of California Press 2012; US$ 21.95

    The Saga of the Volsungs is an Icelandic epic of special interest to admirers of Richard Wagner, who drew heavily upon this Norse source in writing his Ring Cycle and a primary source for writers of fantasy such as J. R. R. Tolkien and romantics such as William Morris. A trove of traditional lore, it tells of love, jealousy, vengeance, war, and... more...

  • Alchemies of Violenceby Lawrence A. Babb

    SAGE India 2004; US$ 64.95

    The several trading castes known generically as `Marwaris` are among the most powerful and wealthy groups in India. While they have spread throughout India and beyond, their homeland is Rajasthan. This absorbing book explores their origin myths and the manner in which these myths construct and express their social identities. Lawrence Babb draws attention... more...