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Folklore, myths & legends

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Magical Folk British and Irish Fairies, 500 AD to the Present

Magical Folk British and Irish Fairies, 500 AD to the Present

Author: Simon Young Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/03/2020

Tales of East Africa

Tales of East Africa

Author: Jamilla Okubo Format: Hardback Release Date: 10/03/2020

Tales of East Africa is a collection of 22 traditional tales from Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania. Welcome to a world of magical adventure-a place where a boy spares the life of a fearsome monster, a flock of doves brings a girl back from the dead, and a hare wreaks havoc among all the other animals. Translated and transcribed by folklorists and anthropologists in the early 20th century, these stories evoke the distinctive beauty and irresistible humor of East African folklore. * The tales come alive alongside bold, contemporary art in this special illustrated edition. * Each story transports readers to an enthralling world. * Part of the popular Tales series, featuring Tales of Japan, Celtic Tales, and Tales of India Tales of East Africa will enthrall fans of fairytales and captivate those interested in East Africa's rich history and culture. Readers will encounter mischievous animals, plucky heroes and heroines, and monsters, and artist Jamilla Okubo pairs each tale with a bold and vibrant illustration. * A visually gorgeous book that will be at home on the shelf or on the coffee table. * A perfect gift for fairy tale and folklore lovers, fans of East African culture, people of East African ancestry, collectors of illustrated classics, adults and teens alike, and bibliophiles * Add it to the collection of books like The Girl Who Married a Lion: and Other Tales from Africa by Alexander McCall Smith, Favorite African Folktales by Nelson Mandela, and Indaba My Children: African Folktales by Vusamazulu Credo Mutwa

Korean Children's Favorite Stories Fables, Myths and Fairy Tales

Korean Children's Favorite Stories Fables, Myths and Fairy Tales

Author: Kim So-Un Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/03/2020

This colorfully illustrated multicultural Korean children's book presents Korean fairy tales and other folk stories-providing insight into a vibrant literary culture. Korean Children's Favorite Stories is a captivating collection of Korean folktales for children which are still being told, just as they have been for generations. Some are Korean-specific, while others echo those told in other countries. Written with wit and pathos, they unveil the inevitable foibles of people everywhere and expose the human-like qualities of animals and the animal-like qualities of humans. These Korean fables pulsate with the rhythm of life and the seasons, transporting the reader to a wonderland where ants talk, a baby rabbit outwits a tiger, a tree fathers a child, and a toad saves a whole village. Korean stories include: The Grateful Tiger: the story of a magical tiger, which demonstrates how empathy and kindness can affect your life in a positive way The Disowned Student: an intriguing tale of of a stolen identity and spirit The Pheasant, the Dove and the Magpie: the story of three ungrateful birds, one tough mouse, and why pheasants' cheeks are red And more...

The Anthology of Irish Folk Tales

The Anthology of Irish Folk Tales

Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/03/2020

Carefully selected stories from the celebrated Folk Tales series have been gathered here for this special volume. Herein lies a treasure trove of tales from a wealth of talented storytellers performing in the country today. From banshees, pookas and changelings to rainbows, fairies and leprechauns, this book celebrates the distinct character of Ireland's different customs, beliefs and dialects, and is a treat for all who enjoy a well-told story.

Amazons The Legendary Warrior Women of Antiquity

Amazons The Legendary Warrior Women of Antiquity

Author: David Braund Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/02/2020

The idea of the Amazons is one of the most romantic and resonant in all antiquity. The Greeks were fascinated by the notion of a race of fierce female fighters: pitiless battles between the Athenians and Amazons echo through the Archaic period. In his vibrant new book, David Braund shows how these lithe warriors captivated moderns as well as ancients, unleashing, with their deadly arrows, a myth so powerful that from the medieval and Renaissance eras to the present it held its recipients spellbound. Deftly traversing art, literature and culture, he discusses Homer's Penthesilea, combative sister of Hippolyta the Amazon Queen, cut down by Achilles beneath the walls of Troy. He examines Herodotus' andoktrones - 'killers of men' - situated in the region bordering Scythia (Crimea) in Sarmatia; Aeschylus' Scythian Amazons; and those placed by other classical writers in Pontus by the shores of the Euxine Sea. He then explores portrayals by Virgil, Chaucer, Ariosto and Mary Renault - who writes lyrically of the Amazons as muscular moon-maids of Artemis. Finally, he looks at the basis of the legend in history, locating in recent archaeology a reality as surprising and evocative as any fiction told through story or myth.

The Metamorphoses of Myth in Fiction since 1960

The Metamorphoses of Myth in Fiction since 1960

Author: Kathryn (Penn State University, USA) Hume Format: Hardback Release Date: 20/02/2020

Why do contemporary writers use myths from ancient Greece and Rome, Pharaonic Egypt, the Viking north, Africa's west coast, and Hebrew and Christian traditions? What do these stories from premodern cultures have to offer us? The Metamorphoses of Myth in Fiction since 1960 examines how myth has shaped writings by Kathy Acker, Margaret Atwood, William S. Burroughs, A. S. Byatt, Neil Gaiman, Norman Mailer, Toni Morrison, Thomas Pynchon, Kurt Vonnegut, Jeanette Winterson, and others, and contrasts such canonical texts with fantasy, speculative fiction, post-singularity fiction, pornography, horror, and graphic narratives. These artistic practices produce a feeling of meaning that doesn't need to be defined in scientific or materialist terms. Myth provides a sense of rightness, a recognition of matching a pattern, a feeling of something missing, a feeling of connection. It not only allows poetic density but also manipulates our moral judgments, or at least stimulates us to exercise them. Working across genres, populations, and critical perspectives, Kathryn Hume elicits an understanding of the current uses of mythology in fiction.

On the Trail of Scotland's Myths and Legends

On the Trail of Scotland's Myths and Legends

Author: Stuart McHardy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/02/2020

A book about Scotland drawn from hundreds, if not thousands, of stories. From the oral traditions of the Scots, Gaelic and Norse speakers of the pat, it presents a new picture of who the Scottish are and where they come from. The stories are hilarious, tragic, heroic or frightening.

Animal Folk Tales of Britain and Ireland

Animal Folk Tales of Britain and Ireland

Author: Sharon Jacksties Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/02/2020

In a time of increasing interest in our native wildlife, this collection of British and Irish folk tales will rekindle our sense of wonder in the animals that we once took for granted. Stories and animals have always travelled along the routes determined by migration, habitat and trade. These in turn have been affected by changes in climate, weather and the affairs of humankind. Through our heritage of charming, quirky and profound traditional tales, you will be re-acquainted with our once familiar fauna. Perhaps you will be reading, for the first time, stories of those creatures that have, in living memory, made these islands their home. You will also be in the company of those, which once long gone from these shores, have recently reclaimed their right to roam.

King Rother

King Rother

Author: Robert Lichtenstein Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/01/2020

Originally published in 1962, Robert Lichtenstein's translation of King Rother made the medieval epic available to English-speaking audiences for the first time. His translation in rhymed couplets seeks to convey the humorous spirit of the original and an introduction places the poem in its historical context.

Riding a Donkey Backwards Wise and Foolish Tales of the Mulla Nasruddin

Riding a Donkey Backwards Wise and Foolish Tales of the Mulla Nasruddin

Author: Sean (Author) Taylor Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/01/2020

Would you like to know how a thief can turn into a donkey, how a cow can climb up a pole or why you should spoon yogurt into a lake? Mulla Nasruddin knows the answers and he might also tell you why he rides his donkey backwards! Here are 21 riotous tales about Mulla Nasruddin, celebrated throughout Muslim cultures for his riddles and wisdom. He is one of the great comic characters in world literature and his stories are guaranteed to make you laugh - and think!