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  • 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...

  • Als das Wünschen noch geholfen hat oder: wie man in Mesopotamien Karriere machteby Matthias Klan

    Diplomica Verlag 2008; US$ 35.17

    Die vorliegende Studie richtet sich nicht nur an Assyriologen, sondern auch an Religions- und Literaturwissenschaftler, Ägyptologen und Archäologen. Auch interessierte Laien können hier einen tiefen Einblick in eine faszinierende Denkweise erhalten. Ein großer Teil der uns aus dem Alten Orient in Keilschrift überlieferten Texte ist religiöser bzw.... more...

  • Anguli Maby Chi Vu

    Giramondo Publishing 2012; US$ 9.99

    Chi Vu takes the central figure in a traditional Buddhist folktale, a deranged killer who wears his victims’ fingers in a garland around his neck, and turns him into a menacing abbatoir worker who carries bloody chunks of meat home to his lodgings in plastic bags, in this suburban Gothic tale set in 1980s Melbourne, when the flight of Vietnamese... more...

  • Animal Capitalby Nicole Shukin

    University of Minnesota Press 2009; US$ 68.00

    The juxtaposition of biopolitical critique and animal studies—two subjects seldom theorized together—signals the double-edged intervention of Animal Capital. Nicole Shukin pursues a resolutely materialist engagement with the “question of the animal,” challenging the philosophical idealism that has dogged the question by tracing... more...

  • The Animalizing Imaginationby Dr Alan Bleakley

    Palgrave Macmillan 1999; US$ 114.00

    Animals appear not just as biological creatures, but as vehicles of meaning for human imagination, mind and culture. Animal life may form the basis for an animalizing imagination that can enhance our cultural, religious and aesthetic sensibilities. This imagination is rooted in the pre-modern affective relationship between shamans and their familiars,... more...

  • The Anthropology of Texts, Persons and Publicsby Karin Barber

    Cambridge University Press 2007; US$ 30.00

    Thought-provoking study of the relationship between verbal and oral texts and their role in society. more...

  • The Beanstalk and Beyondby Joan Wolf

    ABC-CLIO 1997; US$ 38.00

    Use popular fairy tales and fairy-tale characters as springboards for learning, and help students develop problem-solving abilities and creative-writing skills. Adaptable to virtually any fairy tale and to a variety of learning environments and levels, these activities will challenge students to move beyond the simplistic study of tales to develop... more...

  • Berakhyah Ben Natronai ha-Nakdan, Sefer Ko?a? ha-Avanim (On the Virtue of the Stones). Hebrew Text and English Translation.by Gerrit Bos; Julia Zwink

    BRILL 2010; US$ 131.00

    The lore of the supposed magic and medical virtue of stones goes back to the Babylonians and peaks out in the lapidary literature of the Middle Ages. The famous work of Marbode of Rennes, which made lapidaries a very popular type of medieval scientific literature, was translated into numerous vernacular languages. The Jewish tradition, missing a particular... more...

  • Black Cats and April Foolsby Harry Oliver; Mike Mosedale

    John Blake 2007; US$ 7.99

    An intriguing look at the origins of some of our most popular superstitions and old wives tales. People have knocked on wood to ward off misfortune, or watched a bride throw a bouquet over her head at a wedding, but how often have they stopped to consider where such customs originate, or why they endure? Behind many of our daily rituals and beliefs... more...

  • Black Cats and Evil Eyesby Chloe Rhodes

    Michael O' Mara Books 2012; US$ 9.99

    Presents a collection that investigates the origins of our old-fashioned superstitions. This title sets these superstitions in their historical context, explaining how fear of the Devil, demons, evil spirits and witchcraft drove people to arm themselves with rituals and talismans to repel dark forces and allow them to live long and healthy lives. more...