Download E-books Native American Myths (Dover Thrift Editions) PDF

By Lewis Spence

Drawn from the myths and legends of the Algonquins, Iroquois, Sioux, Pawnee, and northern and Northwestern Indians, those captivating stories provide insights into tribal personality and ideology. chosen by means of the prestigious British anthropologist and folklorist Lewis Spence, they vary in topic from romantic like to contention among warriors to victory over strong forces. the main points in their recounting evoke photos of local american citizens' innermost aspirations and fears in addition to their higher worldview.
A significant forerunner of contemporary experiences of fantasy, this compelling publication blends the legends with authentic fabric, giving every one delusion a significant viewpoint. scholars of anthropology and ethnology will prize the specially wealthy number of legendary imagery during this assortment, which encompasses a basic, direct demeanour of storytelling that may attract youngsters in addition to to adults. All readers will locate in those pages a treasury of suspenseful stories that demonstrate a lot of the spirit of North America's unique cultures.

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Download E-books The Folklore of Birds (Collins New Naturalist Library, Volume 39) PDF

By Edward A. Armstrong

Tracing the magico-religious ideals surrounding birds as a ways again in time as is feasible, to the cultures within which those ideals arose. This variation is unique to newnaturalists.com

Edward A Armstrong is already recognized to readers of the hot Naturalist because the writer of the awesome learn at the wren. His huge scholarship and abilities have geared up him outstandingly for this ebook, that could merely were written via a guy together with his deep knowing, not just of ornithology, yet of social anthropology, psychology and comparative religion.

Mr Amstrong has chosen a couple of commonly used birds - comparable to the swan, the raven, the owl, the robin and the wren - and has traced magico-religious ideals referring to them way back to attainable to the cultures during which those ideals arose. With the scientist's eye and strategies of study he has tested the advance of fantasy and formality with originality and ingenuity.

Many peculiar and fascinating evidence are brought up, and motives are given, for instance of the customs of breaking the wish-bone, and of fables touching on weather-prophet birds and the iteration of the Barnacle Goose from shell-fish.

This e-book is the 1st remedy of a bunch of folklore ideals as a sequence of artefacts are handled by way of an archaeologist, classifying them so as in response to epochs. Archaeological facts, in addition to oral and literary traditions, were used to demonstrate the origins and importance of the present folklore.

The illustrations are of remarkable caliber and include over a hundred and forty rigorously selected pictures and line drawings from world wide resources.

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Download E-books The Complete Idiot's Guide to Ancient Greece (Idiot's Guides) PDF

By Eric D. Nelson, Susan K. Allard-Nelson

The excellent impact of historic Greek tradition on every little thing from sicence to literature to politics is still correct and hotly debated.

In 'The entire Idiot's advisor to old Greece', you're invited to satisfy the traditional Greeks and to appreciate their legacy via coming into their global. Profiles crucial contributions of Greek tradition, together with mythology, philosophy, medication and the Olympic video games.

Includes additional analyzing and shuttle details to aid in making plans a private Odyssey.

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Download E-books The Medieval Christmas PDF

By Sophie Jackson

Medieval Christmas—roaring fires, yuletide logs, boar’s head on a platter, and carols. such a lot of of our best-loved traditions have their origins within the medieval interval that it might be very unlikely to visualize the season with no holly and ivy, carol singers calling from door to door, and a basic feel of occasion within the face of the most harsh season. Sophie Jackson investigates the roots of the Christmas social gathering, delivering tips for recreating components of the medieval Christmas at domestic, pointers on undefined, directions for enjoying medieval video games, and recipes for seasonal dishes. attention-grabbing evidence approximately a few of our so much loved customs, akin to the nativity crib, are unearthed, as are a few which are much less good known—wassailing the apple timber, the ritual beating of youngsters on December 28, and the appointment of a Lord of Misrule and a boy bishop.

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Download E-books African Myths of Origin (Penguin Classics) PDF

Accumulating a variety of conventional African myths, this compelling new assortment deals stories of heroes struggling with amazing serpents and tremendous birds, brutal relatives clash and vengeance, and determined migrations throughout mammoth and alien lands. From impassioned descriptions of animal-creators to dramatic tales of groups compelled to escape colossal crocodiles, the entire narratives came upon right here trouble origins—whether of the universe, peoples or households. jointly, they convey a kaleidoscopic photo of the wealthy and sundry oral traditions that experience formed the tradition and society of successive generations of Africans for hundreds of thousands of years, through the lengthy fight to outlive and discover this large and environmentally varied continent.

For greater than seventy years, Penguin has been the prime writer of vintage literature within the English-speaking global. With greater than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents an international bookshelf of the simplest works all through background and throughout genres and disciplines. Readers belief the series to supply authoritative texts better by way of introductions and notes by way of exotic students and modern authors, in addition to up-to-date translations via award-winning translators.

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Download E-books Vampire Forensics: Uncovering the Origins of an Enduring Legend PDF

A round-the-world research of the vampire delusion, together with a lately chanced on "vampire skeleton," brings historical and medical context to our enduring curiosity in vampires. Legend and lore are tested in the course of the lens of historical past, archaeology, anthropology, and forensic technological know-how during this delightfully written booklet by way of Mark Jenkins, now in paperback. it is a welcome addition to the popular culture dialog, including either humor and intensity to the vampire craze.

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Download E-books The Encyclopedia of Hell PDF

By Miriam Van Scott

The Encyclopedia of Hell is a accomplished survey of the underworld, drawing info from cultures around the world and eras all through heritage. geared up in a simple-to-use alphabetic layout, entries hide representations of the darkish realm of the useless in mythology, faith, artistic endeavors, opera, literature, theater, track, movie, and tv. assets contain African legends, local American tales, Asian folktales, and different extra imprecise references, as well as frequent infernal chronicles from Western lore. the result's a catalog of underworld information, with entries operating the gamut from descriptions of grisly pits of torture to funny cartoons lampooning the eternal abyss. Its vast cross-referencing additionally offers hyperlinks among quite a few innovations and characters from the netherworld and offers additional info on specific theories.

Peruse those pages and discover for your self what history's maximum imaginations have expected waiting for the depraved at the different part of the grave.

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Download E-books Darkness Becomes Her (Gods & Monsters) PDF

By Kelly Keaton

A darkish and plush paranormal romance set in a richly reimagined New Orleans—now in paperback!

Ari can’t support feeling misplaced and on my own. With teal eyes and freakish silver hair that can’t be replaced or destroyed, Ari has continuously stood out. And after becoming up in foster care, she longs for a few figuring out of the place she got here from and who she is.

Her look for solutions uncovers a message from her lengthy lifeless mom: Run. Ari can experience that somebody, or whatever, is getting nearer than they need to. yet it’s very unlikely to guard herself while she doesn’t recognize what she’s working from or why she is being pursued.

She understands just one factor: she needs to go back to her birthplace of latest 2, the luxurious rebuilt urban of latest Orleans. Upon arriving, she discovers that New 2 is very...different. right here, Ari is outwardly basic. yet each creature she encounters, regardless of how lethal or scary, is scared of her.

Ari won’t cease until eventually she is aware why. yet a few truths are too haunting, too terrifying, to ever be printed.

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Download E-books The Prose Edda: Norse Mythology (Penguin Classics) PDF

By Jesse L. Byock

Written in Iceland a century after the shut of the Viking Age, The Prose Edda is the resource of so much of what we all know of Norse mythology. Its stories are peopled by means of giants, dwarves, and elves, superhuman heroes and indomitable warrior queens. Its gods dwell with the tragic wisdom in their personal coming near near destruction within the cataclysmic conflict of Ragnarok. Its time scale spans the eons from the world’s construction to its violent finish. This powerful new translation captures the magisterial sweep and startling psychological complexity of the previous Icelandic original.

For greater than seventy years, Penguin has been the top writer of vintage literature within the English-speaking global. With greater than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents an international bookshelf of the simplest works all through historical past and throughout genres and disciplines. Readers belief the series to supply authoritative texts improved via introductions and notes by way of exceptional students and modern authors, in addition to up-to-date translations through award-winning translators.

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Download E-books Mythes et dieux des Indo-Européens PDF

By Georges Dumézil

Une grammaire, pour moi, c'est un roman. Ainsi Georges Dumézil évoquait-il sa ardour pour les langues, element de départ d'une exceptionnelle carrière d'historien et de philologue. Professeur au Collège de France et membre de l'Académie française, il fut l'auteur d'une œuvre abondante, qui n'a cessé d'explorer l. a. civilisation perdue des Indo-Européens et dont l'influence atteint l'ensemble des sciences humaines.

La présente édition, qui rassemble quelques-uns de ses plus grands textes, constitue une advent générale à los angeles pensée et à los angeles méthode de Dumézil. Loki est un ouvrage exemplaire de comparatisme : le personnage du folklore scandinave qui donne son nom au livre y apparaît comme le chaînon manquant entre l'Islande médiévale des sagas et l'univers du Mahabharata. Heur et malheur du guerrier aborde le file des mythes et des rites de l. a. fonction guerrière chez les Indo-Européens. Mythes et dieux des Indo-Européens est un recueil de textes caractéristiques des résultats scientifiques et de l. a. méthode du savant.

Trois ouvrages fondamentaux, qui rappellent à chaque web page combien l'inventeur de los angeles tripartition fonctionnelle était aussi un novice d'histoires et de légendes.

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