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  • The Seven Swabians, and Other German Folktalesby Anna Altmann

    ABC-CLIO 2005; US$ 40.00

    Using primary German-language sources, Altmann has gleaned a wonderful assortment of authentic tales to enchant and educate audiences of all ages. The stories are organized in four sections: Animal stories, Comic tales, Fairy tales, and Local legends. Background information on the stories, a description of German life during the 19th century, color... more...

  • Jataka Stories in Theravada Buddhismby Naomi Appleton

    Ashgate Publishing Ltd 2010; US$ 119.95

    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...

  • 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...

  • Fables of the Eastby Ros Ballaster

    Oxford University Press, UK 2005; US$ 44.99

    A selection of the travel and fictional texts which transported eighteenth-century readers to the exciting and exotic territories of Mughal India, Ottoman Turkey, Safavid Persia and Confucian China. The anthology illustrates the enduring influence of oriental narrative in the formation of the novel in early modern Europe. - ;Fables of the East is the... more...

  • Korean Folk Talesby Im Bang; Yi Ryuk; James S. Gale

    Tuttle Publishing 2012; US$ 9.99

    Just over half a century ago—in 1911, to be exact— James S. Gale had the good fortune to acquire an old manuscript copy of the stories of Im Bang , one of Korea's greatest tellers of tales. During the same year there appeared a reprint of old Korean writings that contained a number of stories by Yi Ryuk , another famous recorder of Korean legends.... more...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • A Tiger by the Tail and Other Stories from the Heart of Koreaby Lindy Curry; Chan-Eun Park

    ABC-CLIO 1999; US$ 40.00

    The power of love within families; the complexities of relationships; the rites of passage for birth, coming of age, marriage, and death-these are some of the themes covered in this wonderful volume. Author and storyteller Lindy Soon Curry offers us 25 enchanting tales that foster understanding of Korean culture and Korean Americans. Humorous tales,... more...

  • Asian-Pacific Folktales and Legendsby Jeannette Faurot

    Touchstone 2010; US$ 17.95

    These stories offer us an introduction to the complex oral traditions of the varied civilizations of one of the world's most fascinating regions. Exotic, clever, and poignant, Asian-Pacific Folktales and Legends invites you into a magically distinctive world. Originating from the far corners of the globe?China, Korea, Japan, Thailand, the Philippines,... more...