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Download E-books The Hero Twins: Against the Lords of Death: a Mayan Myth (Graphic Myths and Legends) PDF

By Dan Jolley

The Hero Twins, Hunahpu and Xbalanque, have been blessed by way of the Mayan gods with unique powers. yet their excellent ability at taking part in Pok-ta-Pok, the Mayan ball online game, angers the lords of Xibalba, rulers of the land of the useless. while the lords problem them to a Pok-ta-Pok online game in Xibalba, the twins understand they need to use all in their powers and crafty to defeat the lords' many demanding situations.

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Download E-books The Blood Libel Legend: A Casebook in Anti-Semitic Folklore PDF

Alan Dundes, during this casebook of an anti-Semitic legend, demonstrates the ability of folklore to steer idea and history.  in line with the blood libel legend, Jews murdered Christian babies to acquire blood to make matzah.  Dundes has collected the following the paintings of prime students who study the numerous resources and gildings of the legend.   jointly, their essays represent a forceful assertion by contrast fake accusation. 
      The legend is traced from the homicide of William of Norwich in 1144, one of many first mentioned situations of ritualized homicide attributed to Jews, via nineteenth-century Egyptian experiences, Spanish examples, Catholic periodicals, sleek English instances,  and twentieth-century American cases.  The essays deal not just with historic circumstances and surveys of blood libel in several  locales, but additionally with literary renditions of the legend, together with the ballad “Sir Hugh, or, the Jew’s Daughter” and Chaucer’s “The Prioress’s Tale.” 
    those case experiences supply a finished view of the complicated nature of the blood libel legend.  The concluding component of the quantity contains an research of the legend that specializes in Christian false impression of the Jewish dinner party of Purim and the kid abuse section of the legend and that makes an attempt to carry psychoanalytic thought to endure at the content material of the blood libel legend.  the ultimate essay by means of Alan Dundes takes a exceedingly folkloristic technique, studying the legend as a part of the  trust process that Christians built approximately Jews.
    This learn of the blood libel legend will curiosity folklorists, students of Catholicism and Judaism, and plenty of normal readers, for it truly is either the literature and the historical past of anti-Semitism.

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Download E-books Native American Folktales (Stories from the American Mosaic) PDF

Folktales are on the center of local American tradition. ready in particular for college students and common readers, this booklet with ease collects 31 of an important local American folktales. those are drawn from the foremost local American cultural and geographical parts and are equipped in sections on origins; heroes, heroines, villains, and fools; society and clash; and the supernatural. The stories replicate the surroundings, cultural variations, and triumphing issues of the parts from which they're taken. each one story starts off with a quick introductory headnote, and the publication closes with a specific bibliography. scholars in social experiences sessions will welcome this e-book as a window on local American tradition, whereas scholars in literature classes will price its exploration of local American oral traditions.

Prepared specially for college kids and common readers, this e-book very easily collects and reviews on 31 of crucial local American folktales. those are drawn from the foremost local American cultural and geographical parts and replicate the surroundings, cultural variations, and winning issues of the areas from which they're taken.

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Download E-books The Sorcerer's Companion: A Guide to the Magical World of Harry Potter, Third Edition PDF

By Allan Zola Kronzek

The New York Times bestseller, now absolutely up-to-date to include the entire seven-volume series.

Who used to be the genuine Nicholas Flamel? How did the Sorcerer’s Stone get its strength? Did J. ok. Rowling dream up the terrifying basilisk, the seductive veela, or the vicious grindylow? And if she didn’t, who did?

Millions of readers around the globe were enchanted by way of the mystical international of wizardry, spells, and legendary beasts inhabited through Harry Potter and his pals. yet what so much readers don’t comprehend is that there's a centuries-old trove of precise heritage, folklore, and mythology in the back of Harry’s incredible universe. Now, with The Sorcerer’s Companion, these with out entry to the Hogwarts Library can college themselves within the attention-grabbing truth in the back of J. ok. Rowling’s global of magic.

Newly up to date to incorporate Harry Potter and the part Blood Prince, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, The Sorcerer’s Companion permits curious readers to seem up something magical from the Harry Potter books and find a wealth of interesting, unforeseen info. Wands and wizards, boggarts and broomsticks, hippogriffs and herbology, all have magnificent histories rooted in legend, literature, or real-life occasions courting again hundreds and hundreds or maybe hundreds of thousands of years. Magic wands, like these offered in Rowling’s Diagon Alley, have been as soon as formed by way of Druid sorcerers out in their sacred yew bushes. Love potions have been first concocted in old Greece and Egypt. And books of spells and curses have been hugely renowned throughout the center a while. From Amulets to Zombies, you’ll additionally learn:
• tips to learn tea leaves
• the place to discover a basilisk this present day
• how King Frederick II of Denmark financed a conflict with a unicorn horn
• who the genuine Merlin used to be
• how you can adequately harvest mandrake root
• who wore the 1st invisibility cloak
• the way to cast off a goblin
• why owls have been feared within the old world
• what relatively lies past the Veil
• the origins of our modern day “bogeyman,” and extra.

A spellbinding travel of Harry’s desirable international, The Sorcerer’s Companion is a needs to for each Potter aficionado’s bookshelf.

The Sorcerer's spouse has now not been ready, authorized, or authorized by means of any individual or entity that created, released, or produced the Harry Potter books or comparable properties.

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Download E-books The Eagle on the Cactus: Traditional Stories from Mexico (World Folklore) PDF

By Angel Vigil

This appealing tapestry of conventional stories, historical past, folks arts, and dance provide you with a glimpse into the dwelling legacy of Mexican folklore. After an outline of Mexico's historical past from the Mesoamerican indigenous period to fashionable instances, Vigil explores the interesting traditions of Oaxacan wooden carving, Huichol bead and yarn paintings, folks mask, folklorico dance costumes, and Mexican folklore. a set of stories follows, together with vintage stories, pourquoi construction stories from local humans of pre-Hispanic Mexico, and stories from the Spanish colonial period of Mexican history-trickster stories, event and sweetness tales, and animal fables. energetic studying for older scholars and adults, the stories can also be used for read-alouds with more youthful scholars. With 15 of the forty four stories awarded in Spanish in addition to in English, this can be a very good source for Spanish periods and for Spanish-speaking readers. The attention-grabbing history fabric additionally makes the booklet a superb resource for experiences and examine. colour plates

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Download E-books Medusa: Solving the Mystery of the Gorgon PDF

By Stephen R. Wilk

Medusa, the Gorgon, who turns those that gaze upon her to stone, is among the most well liked and enduring figures of Greek mythology. lengthy after many different figures from Greek fable were forgotten, she keeps to reside in pop culture. during this interesting research of the legend of Medusa, Stephen R. Wilk starts via refamiliarizing readers with the tale via old authors and classical art, then appears to be like on the interpretations which have been given of the that means of the parable over the years. a brand new and unique interpretation of the parable is available, dependent upon astronomical phenomena. using the gorgoneion, the Face of the Gorgon, on shields and on roofing tiles is tested in mild of parallels from around the globe, and a different interpretation of the truth in the back of the gorgoneion is advised. eventually, the heritage of the Gorgon on account that tlassical occasions is explored, culminating within the glossy use of Medusa as an emblem of lady Rage and feminine Creativity.

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Download E-books Structure and History in Greek Mythology and Ritual (Sather Classical Lectures) PDF

By Walter Burkert

"Tantalizingly wealthy . . . this can be a the best option book."
--Greece and Rome
"Burken relegates his realized documentation to the notes and writes in a full of life and fluent sort. The publication is usually recommended as an incredible contribution to the translation of historical Greek fantasy and formality. The breadth on my own of Burkert's studying renders his publication indispensable."
--Classical Outlook
"Impressive. . . based on a remarkable wisdom of the complicated facts (literary, epigraphical, archaeological, comparative) for this vast topic. Burkert bargains an extraordinary mix of actual scholarship with mind's eye or even humor. an excellent publication, during which . . .the reader can see at each aspect what's going within the author's mind--and that's by no means boring, and infrequently unimportant."
--Times Literary Supplement
"Burkert's paintings is of such significance and intensity that it will possibly even give a contribution to that the majority tricky of initiatives, defining fantasy, ritual, and faith. . [He] locates his paintings within the context of tradition and the historv of principles, and he isn't hesitant to attract on sociology and biology. hence his paintings is of importance for philosophers, historians, or even theologians, in addition to for classicists and historians of Greek tradition. His hypotheses are brave and his conclusions are daring; either determine criteria for method in addition to effects. "
--Religious reviews Review

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