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Folklore & Mythology

  • The Symbolism and Sources of Outlanderby Valerie Estelle Frankel

    McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers 2015; US$ 35.00

    Outlander is much more than a television romance about a World War II nurse and a Jacobite soldier in a fetching kilt. The series--and the massive serial novel on which it is based--has been categorized as a period drama, adventure saga, military history and fantasy epic.Inspired by the Irish legends of Fionn Mac Cumhaill and the prophecies of Brahan... more...

  • The Reason for Flowersby Stephen Buchmann

    Scribner 2015; US$ 26.00 US$ 17.99

    Cultural history at its best?the engaging, lively, and definitive story of the beauty, sexuality, ecology, myths, lore, and economics of the world?s flowers, written by a passionately devoted author and scientist, and illustrated with his stunning photographs. Flowers, and the fruits that follow, feed, clothe, sustain, and inspire all humanity. They... more...

  • Sligo Folk Talesby Joe McGowan

    The History Press 2015; US$ 14.57

    For the devotee of Irish heritage, mythology or folklore, County Sligo has everyting. From the Curlew mountains in the south, where Aodh Ruadh Domhnaill defeated an English army under Sir Conyers Clifford, to Benbulben's slopes in the north, where St Colmcille battled the High King of Ireland, every hill and valley is linked by the gossamer threads... more...

  • Yureiby Zack Davisson

    Chin Music Press Inc. 2015; US$ 22.95

    An eerie yet insightful exploration into the phenomenon of yurei , or Japanese ghosts, both past and present. more...

  • From The Beast To The Blondeby Marina Warner

    Random House 2015; US$ 30.38

    Entrancing, multi-layered and as wittily subversive as fairy tales themselves, this beautifully illustrated work explores and illuminates the unfolding history of the famous tales, the contexts in which they flourished, and the tellers themselves - from ancient sibylis and old crones to Angela Carter and Disney. more...

  • Aithihyamaalaby Kottaaraththil Sankunni

    Hachette India 2015; US$ 13.29

    Yakshis, gandharvas, gods and demi-gods. Famous poets and learned Ayurvedic doctors. Magicians, conceited kings and Kalari gurus. Faithful, intelligent elephants and their fatherly mahouts. A vibrant and diverse cast of characters brings to life the ancient, enduring legends of Kerala in the Aithihyamaala, the garland of legends. The original collection... more...

  • Aithihyamaalaby Kottaaraththil Sankunni

    Hachette India 2015; Not Available

    Yakshis, gandharvas, gods and demi-gods. Famous poets and learned Ayurvedic doctors. Magicians, conceited kings and Kalari gurus. Faithful, intelligent elephants and their fatherly mahouts. A vibrant and diverse cast of characters brings to life the ancient, enduring legends of Kerala in the Aithihyamaala, the garland of legends. The original collection... more...

  • Storyteller's Sampler: Tales from Tellers around the Worldby Margaret MacDonald

    ABC-CLIO 2015; US$ 45.00

    Ideal for educators and others who work with young children, these stories have been selected because they are easy for anyone to tell, even novices, and they readily engage listeners. Along with each tale, you'll find a profile of the "teller" who provides it, adding a cultural dimension to help you and your audiences better understand the context.... more...

  • Practically Jokingby Moira Marsh

    University Press of Colorado 2015; US$ 19.95

    In Practically Joking , the first full-length study of the practical joke, Moira Marsh examines the value, artistry, and social significance of this ancient and pervasive form of vernacular expression. Though they are sometimes dismissed as the lowest form of humor, practical jokes come from a lively tradition of expressive play. They can reveal... more...

  • Folk Legends from Tonoby Yanagita Kunio; Sasaki Kizen; Ronald A. Morse

    Rowman & Littlefield Publishers 2015; US$ 27.99

    Boldly illustrated and superbly translated, Folk Legends from Tono captures the spirit of Japanese peasant culture undergoing rapid transformation into the modern era. This is the first time these 299 tales have been published in English. Morse?s insightful interpretation of the tales, his rich cultural annotations, and the evocative original... more...