Katharine Briggs's British Folk Tales and Legends: A Sampler (Routledge PDF

By Katharine Briggs

In 1970 Katharine Briggs released in 4 volumes the monstrous and authoritative Dictionary of British Folktales and Legends to extensive acclaim. This sampler contains some of the best of these stories and legends. amassed within, readers will locate an extravagance of gorgeous princesses and stout good boys, sour-faced witches and kings with hearts of gold. each one story is a masterpiece of storytelling, from the hilarious 'Three Sillies' to the delightfully macabre 'Sammle's Ghost'.

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Cassell's Dictionary of Classical Mythology (Cassell - download pdf or read online

By Jenny March

An award winner by means of a professional on historical Greek tradition! Gods and goddesses, personalities and locations, historical past and archeology: this attention-grabbing and fantastically authoritative paintings faucets into the richest veins of the classical world--its mythology. It covers the entire primary tales, characters (divine, human, and animal), sacred websites, and significant occasions that formed prior civilizations...and our personal. large quotations from the unique resources and over a hundred illustrations brighten up greater than four hundred articles.

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Download PDF by Robert B. Pickering: Seeing the white buffalo

By Robert B. Pickering

In the summertime of 1994, the delivery of a white buffalo calf in Wisconsin created a wave of pleasure all through Indian kingdom. the development encouraged Dr. Robert Pickering to investigate the white buffalo’s significance to Indian peoples, in addition to its historic and organic value. He journeyed to the kin farm of Dave and Val Heider, the place the calf—aptly named Miracle—was born. He spoke with them in regards to the striking flood of holiday makers who got here to determine Miracle, and concerning the uncanny accuracy of a few Indian elders’ prophecies. With the Heiders’ cooperation, he makes use of their poignant tale because the place to begin for his investigations. Pickering examines the background of the buffalo and the organic purposes for the white buffalo’s rarity, and he stocks his conversations with tribal elders and sleek bison ranchers. "Seeing the White Buffalo" skillfully marries clinical and cultural views in its exploration of the phenomena of this strange animal.

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Download e-book for kindle: Decoys and Disruptions: Selected Writings, 1975-2001 by Martha Rosler

By Martha Rosler

Decoys and Disruptions is the 1st entire number of writings via American artist and critic Martha Rosler. most sensible identified for her video clips and images, Rosler has additionally been an unique and influential cultural critic and theorist for over twenty-five years. The writings accrued right here deal with such key subject matters as documentary images, feminist paintings, video, executive patronage of the arts, censorship, and the way forward for digitally dependent photographic media. Taken jointly, those 13 essays not just convey Rosler's value as a critic yet additionally provide a vital source for readers drawn to the problems confronting modern artwork. The essays during this assortment illustrate Rosler's ongoing research into technique of exposing fact and inspiring swap, supplying a retrospective of attribute concerns in her work.Mixing research and wit, Rosler demanding situations a number of the basic precepts of latest artwork perform. Her influential essay "In, round, and afterthoughts: on documentary images" nearly single-handedly dismantled the parable of liberal documentary images whilst it seemed. some of the essays during this quantity have had a equally wide-ranging effect; others are released right here for the 1st time. Illustrating the essays are eighty one photos by way of Rosler and different artists and photographers.

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New PDF release: Do Blue Bedsheets Bring Babies?: The Truth Behind Old Wives'

By Thomas Craughwell

Thomas Craughwell has spent a wide element of his existence within the thrall of folklore and apocrypha. Taking a normal step from his city legend services, he examines the ''common wisdom'' that mothers in all places move alongside as fact to work out whether it is legitimate or if it may be neglected. bringing up valid reviews and medical learn, Craughwell identifies the precious and beneficial, and provides enlightening theories on why those myths emerged within the first place–and the place they went wrong or right. in lots of circumstances, you can find the outdated better halves have been correct at the cash, whether their reasoning used to be half-baked. Whimsically illustrated all through, this wonderful and academic advisor helps you to make educated judgements, if it is slurping chook soup to aid a chilly (it works), looking forward to an hour after consuming sooner than swimming (not necessary), believing dog's tongue is cleanser than a human's (not actual, yuck), or strolling below a ladder (dangerous). mother continuously said... 1. vast feet—big ''down below.'' 2. a lady sporting her child excessive could have a lady. three. poultry soup is helping you recover from a chilly. Craughwell's verdict... 1. fake. men with double-digit shoe sizes may still cease bragging. 2. fake. Knit a couple of blue booties, too, simply in case.... three. precise. Jewish grandmothers have been correct all alongside.

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Alfredo Lopez Austin's The rabbit on the face of the moon: mythology in the PDF

By Alfredo Lopez Austin

Eighteen essays supply an available, unique inspect a process of millennia-old legends and beliefs.Mythology is without doubt one of the nice creations of humankind. It kinds the middle of sacred books and displays the private preoccupations of people, their so much intimate secrets and techniques, their glories, and their infamies.In 1990, Alfredo L?pez Austin, one of many ultimate students of historical Mesoamerican inspiration, started a chain of essays approximately mythology within the Mesoamerican culture, released in M?xico Ind?gena. even supposing his articles have been written for basic readers, they have been additionally meant to have interaction experts. They span a divers subject material: myths and names, eclipses, stars, left and correct, M?xican origins, Aztec incantations, animals, and the incorporation of Christian components into the dwelling mythologies of Mexico. The name essay relates the Mesoamerican delusion explaining why there's a rabbit o the moon’s face to a Buddhist picture and indicates the significance of the profound legendary techniques provided through every one image.The eighteen essays during this quantity are unified via their foundation in Mesoamerican culture and supply an available, interesting inspect a approach of millennia-old legends and beliefs. 

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Graham Anderson's King Arthur in Antiquity PDF

By Graham Anderson

This unique and compelling learn argues opposed to the conventional identity of Arthur with a king in Celtic Britain. as an alternative, Graham Anderson explores the proof for 2 a lot older Arthur figures, recognized to classical writers as kings of Arcadia and Lydia over a millennium ahead of. He indicates how those kings might be basically hooked up with conventional Arthurian characters and adventures, together with an historical Gawain, a girl of Shallott, and a predecessor of Excalibur, and that the Arthurian universe present in Welsh stories and French Romances is already expected in those earliest of Arthurian fabrics. This radical reassessment of the origins of the Arthurian legends offers a brand new standpoint on an age-old old puzzle.

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