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  • Suffolk Folk Talesby Kirsty Hartsiotis

    The History Press 2013; US$ 14.57

    These lively and entertaining folk tales from one of Britain's most ancient counties are vividly retold by Kirsty Hartsiotis. Their origins lost in the oral tradition, these thirty stories from Suffolk reflect the wisdom (and eccentricities) of the county and its people. Suffolk has a rich and diverse collection of tales, from stories of the Orford... more...

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

    UNP - Nebraska 2013; US$ 50.00

    The story of the Blind Man and the Loon is a living Native folktale about a blind man who is betrayed by his mother or wife but whose vision is magically restored by a kind loon. Variations of this tale are told by Native storytellers all across Alaska, arctic Canada, Greenland, the Northwest Coast, and even into the Great Basin and the Great Plains.... 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...

  • Ninjaby John Man

    Transworld 2012; US$ 12.24

    The Ninjas today are the stuff of myth and legend in comics, film and electronic games. But once they were real, the medieval equivalent of the SAS: spies, saboteurs, assassins. In their secrecy, under-cover skills and determination to survive, they were the opposite of the overt, self destructive samurai. Could they fly? Make themselves invisible?... more...

  • Legends of Japanby Hiroshi Naito; Masahiko Nishino

    Tuttle Publishing 2012; US$ 9.99

    These twenty-two tales open to Western readers the world of fantasy in the legendary literature of Japan—a world of ogres, monkeys, goblins, and priests, of spell-casting and rescuing people. Rich in variety, Legends of Japan includes tales of the supernatural, magic, and deities, as well as tales of romance and intrigue. The vividness and esthetic... 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...