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Folklore, myths & legends

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Journal of Vampire Studies

Journal of Vampire Studies

Author: Martin V Riccardo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/12/2020

The Storytelling Human

The Storytelling Human

Author: Lina Bugiene Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/12/2020

This book is among the very few publications offering to the English-speaking readership significant insights into contemporary Lithuanian folklore research. Dealing with broad variety of materials-from archived manuscripts to audio-recorded life stories to internet folklore, it comprises such topics as history and identity, traditional worldview influencing modern people's actions, construction of the mental landscape, types and modes of storytelling, the modern uses of proverbs, anecdotes, and internet lore. In a balanced way reflecting upon past and present, tradition and modernity, individual and collective, and employing modern research methodologies to dissect and analyze popular subjects and themes, the eight separate essays comprising the book present a condensed view of the popular Lithuanian culture and mentality.

Oral Narrative in Afghanistan

Oral Narrative in Afghanistan

Author: Margaret A. Mills Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/12/2020

This book, first published in 1990, studies the oral fiction entertainments of Afghanistan by focusing on aspects of the oral narrative process which can be observed in individual performances.

A Biscuit for Your Shoe

A Biscuit for Your Shoe

Author: Beatrice Upshaw, Richard S. Orton Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/11/2020

A Biscuit for Your Shoe captures the lore of a community which began as a freedom colony west of Nacogdoches in East Texas, through the eyes of Beatrice Upshaw. The book is a memoir, but it shares more than merely family memories of significant events. It tells of beliefs, home remedies, folk games, and customs, as well as the importance of religion and education to a community of like-minded people. The narrative is a rich source of colloquial language and proverbial sayings that help define a group of people and their strong sense of place.Richard Orton was first introduced to County Line by F. E. 'Ab' Abernethy, the Secretary-Editor of the Texas Folklore Society for nearly four decades. Richard's introduction explains the value of the stories Beatrice Upshaw presents; they are personal, but the overall narrative speaks collectively about the perseverance and innovation of many people who found a way to not only survive, but to thrive in East Texas.

Tales of the Narts

Tales of the Narts

Author: John Colarusso Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/11/2020

An exciting collection of mythology about heroes, heroines, villains, and monsters in the intriguing world of the nomad warriors of the Caucasus The Nart sagas are to the Caucasus what Greek mythology is to Western civilization. Tales of the Narts expands the canon of this precious body of lore by presenting a wide selection of fascinating tales that are part of a living tradition among the peoples of Ossetia in southern Russia. A mythical tribe of nomad warriors, the Narts are courageous, bold, and good-hearted, but also capable of envy, cruelty, and violence. In this wonderfully vivid and accessible collection, colorful and exciting heroes, heroines, villains, and monsters pursue their destinies though a series of exploits, often with the intervention of ancient gods.

Magical Folk

Magical Folk

Author: Simon Young Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/11/2020

The Swallowed Man

The Swallowed Man

Author: Edward Carey Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/11/2020

I am writing this account, in another man's book, by candlelight, inside the belly of a fish. I have been eaten. I have been eaten, yet I am living still. 'Art objects live in the belly of this marvellous novel, images swallowed by text, sustained by a sublime and loving imagination. Like all Edward Carey's work The Swallowed Man is profound and delightful. It is a strange and tender parable of two maddening obsessions; parenting and art-making' Max Porter 'Strange and lovely' Rhik Samadder 'A beautiful and dark meditation on fatherhood, mercy, redemption and the alchemy of isolation. Strange, moving and musical, it's a delight' A. L. Kennedy From the acclaimed author of Little comes this beautiful and haunting imagining of the years Geppetto spends within the belly of a sea beast. Drawing upon the Pinocchio story while creating something entirely his own, Carey tells an unforgettable tale of fatherly love and loss, pride and regret, and of the sustaining power of art and imagination.

Gender Swapped Fairy Tales

Gender Swapped Fairy Tales

Author: Karrie Fransman, Jonathan Plackett Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/11/2020

Once upon a time, in the middle of winter, a King sat at a window and sewed. As he sewed and gazed out onto the landscape, he pricked his finger with the needle, and three drops of blood fell onto the snow outside . . . People have been telling fairy tales to their children for hundreds of years. And for almost as long, people have been rewriting those fairy tales - to help their children imagine a world where they are the heroes. Karrie and Jon were reading their child these stories when they hit upon a dilemma, something previous versions of these stories were missing, and so they decided to make one vital change.. They haven't rewritten the stories in this book. They haven't reimagined endings, or reinvented characters. What they have done is switch all the genders. It might not sound like that much of a change, but you'll be dazzled by the world this swap creates - and amazed by the new characters you're about to discover.

Birds and Beasts

Birds and Beasts

Author: DK Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/11/2020

Bumbling flying elephants, the demon serpent, a brash peacock, crafty jackals, a curious leopard, and even an evil, shape-shifting jinn, all make an appearance in this delightful collection of tales from India. Beautifully illustrated and imaginatively retold, Birds and Beasts, takes the reader on a fantastical journey into the wild and wonderful world of magical beasts and whimsical animals. These tales are drawn from classic texts, such as the Hitopadesha, the Kathasaritsagara, the Puranas, and the Quran. They include oral tales from Ladakh, Assam, Andhra Pradesh, and Uttarakhand, and tribal folklore as well. Sourced from classic texts and collections of folk tales that date as far back as the 11th century, the stories range from the unusual to the familiar and bound to stir the imagination of every child. This title is the second in a series - the first being Mischief & Magic, a collection of magical tales from across India.

I Know What I Saw

I Know What I Saw

Author: Linda S. (Linda S. Godfrey) Godfrey Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/11/2020

Irish Animal Folk Tales for Children

Irish Animal Folk Tales for Children

Author: Doreen McBride Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/11/2020

How did a tiny wren manage to be crowned King of the Birds? Why did the giant, Finn McCool's, favourite dogs change into mountains? What made a friendly cat turn into a cruel fiend who plotted to destroy mankind? Do you know a fire belching dragon lives in the caves on Belfast's Cave Hill? Irish Animal Tales for Children is full of ghostly goings-on and weird and wonderful animals. These stories are irreverently told by award-winning storyteller Doreen McBride, and are not for the faint of heart.