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- 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...
- Utah State University Press 2003; US$ 20.95
Laughter, contemporary theory suggests, is often aggressive in some manner and may be prompted by a sudden perception of incongruity combined with memories of past emotional experience. Given this importance of the past to our recognition of the comic, it follows that some "traditions" dispose us to ludic responses. The studies in Of Corpse: Death... more...
- Utah State University Press 2003; US$ 19.95
Illustrated with numerous stories collected from Alaska, the Yukon, and South Africa and further enlivened by the author's accessible style and experiences as a longtime oral historian and archivist, So They Understand is a comprehensive study of the special challenges and concerns involved in documenting, representing, preserving, and interpreting... more...
- Greenwood Publishing Group 2007; US$ 45.00
Provides a comprehensive history of mythical animals, creatures, and monsters. more...
- Greenwood Publishing Group 2007; US$ 300.00
Hundreds of alphabetically entries on themes and motifs, individuals, characters and character types, national traditions, genres, and other topics survey folk and fairy tales from around the world. more...
- Greenwood Publishing Group 2008; US$ 300.00
Selects and annotates a vast array of folktales from around the world. more...
- Utah State University Press 1995; US$ 19.95
This contributed volume explores the functions of belief and supernatural experience within an array of cultures, as well as the stance of academe toward the study of belief and the supernatural. The essays in this volume call into question the idea that supernatural experience is extraordinary. Among the contributors are Shelley Adler, David... more...
- Utah State University Press 2007; US$ 24.95
Ghosts and other supernatural phenomena are widely represented throughout modern culture. They can be found in any number of entertainment, commercial, and other contexts, but popular media or commodified representations of ghosts can be quite different from the beliefs people hold about them, based on tradition or direct experience. Personal belief... more...