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Gone to the Grave: Burial Customs of the Arkansas Ozarks, 1850-1950

by Abby Burnett

A rich survey of folk practices prior to mortuaries and the funeral industry


Myths of Love: Echoes of Greek and Roman Mythology in the Modern Romantic Imagination

by Ruth K. Westheimer & Jerome E. Singerman

Dr. Ruth Westheimer, America’s favorite sex therapist, analyzes ancient myth and its relevance to 21st century relationships in her new book “Myths of Love: Echoes of Greek and Roman Mythology in the Modern...


The Story of Santa Claus

by Joseph Mccullough

Every December 24th millions of children eagerly await a visit from a large, bearded man in a red suit. But where did Santa come from and how did he evolve into today's Jolly Old Saint Nick?

Well before the legendary...


The E.T. Chronicles: What Myths and Legends Tell Us about Human Origins

by Wayne Laliberte, Rita Louise & Barbara Hand Clow

The E.T. Chronicles is a startling and comprehensive examination of ancient myths and legends that describe extraterrestrial visitors and their encounters with humanity since the dawn of time.  Organized into...


The History of a Myth: Pacariqtambo and the Origin of the Inkas

by Gary Urton

In the year 1572, the Spanish chronicler Sarmiento de Gamboa completed one of the earliest official versions of the history of the Inka empire. In his account, he stated that the ancestors of the Inkas originated...


Eat the Year: 366 Fun and Fabulous Food Holidays to Celebrate Every Day

by Steff Deschenes

Everyone loves food.

But did you know that every day is a national food or drink holiday? It’s true! There’s National Bloody Mary Day, National Cheese Lover’s Day, and even National Blueberry Pancake Day—just...


Armagh Folk Tales

by Frances Quinn

County Armagh, the Orchard County, has a rich heritage of myths and legends which is uniquely captured in this collection of tales by local storyteller Frances Quinn. Discover the places where the Craobh Rua...


Shetland Folk Tales

by Lawrence Tulloch

As a child, Lawrence learned many folk tales from his father, Tom Tulloch. Tom was a tradition bearer, and his folklore was collected by the School of Scottish Studies. As a travelling storyteller, Lawrence...


Ceredigion Folk Tales

by Peter Stevenson

This is a captivating collection of thirty traditional and modern stories from within the county of Ceredigion; with traditional stories of the submerged city of Cantre'r Gweilod, the Welsh Atlantis, how the...


When Cultures Collide, Third Edition: Leading Across Cultures

by Richard D. Lewis

Cross-cultural expert Richard Lewis broadens the scope of his seminal work on global business and intercultural communication. Within each country-specific chapter, Lewis provides invaluable insight into the...


Dog Ghosts and the Word on the Brazos: Negro Preacher Tales from the Brazos Bottoms of Texas

by J. Mason Brewer

This book contains two volumes of African American folk tales collected by J. Mason Brewer. The stories included in Dog Ghosts are as varied as the Texas landscape, as full of contrasts as Texas weather. Among...


Tell Me a Story, Sing Me a Song: A Texas Chronicle

by William A. Owens

Texas, the 1930s-the years of the Great Depression. It was the Texas of great men: Dobie, Bedichek, Webb, the young Américo Paredes. And it was the Texas of May McCord and "Cocky" Thompson, the Reverend I....


Breaking the Magic Spell: Radical Theories of Folk and Fairy Tales

by Jack Zipes

This revised, expanded, and updated edition of the 1979 landmark Breaking the Magic Spell examines the enduring power of fairy tales and the ways they invade our subjective world. In seven provocative essays,...


The Roman Goddess Ceres

by Barbette Stanley Spaeth

Interest in goddess worship is growing in contemporary society, as women seek models for feminine spirituality and wholeness. New cults are developing around ancient goddesses from many cultures, although their...


Folklore by the Fireside: Text and Context of the Tuscan Veglia

by Alessandro Falassi & Roger D. Abrahams

For centuries, social life in rural Tuscany has centered around the veglia, an evening gathering of family and friends at the hearth. Folklore by the Fireside is a thorough and insightful study of this custom-from...


The Negro and His Folklore in Nineteenth-Century Periodicals

by Bruce Jackson

In the eyes of many white Americans, North and South, the Negro did not have a culture until the Emancipation Proclamation. With few exceptions, serious collecting of Negro folklore by whites did not begin until...


Folklore Methodology: Formulated by Julius Krohn and Expanded by Nordic Researchers

by Kaarle Krohn & Roger L. Welsch

Kaarle Krohn's Folklore Methodology was the first systematic attempt to state a method of studying folkloristic materials. For centuries scholars had collected folkloristic texts and had commented on them, but...


Poor Pearl, Poor Girl!: The Murdered-Girl Stereotype in Ballad and Newspaper

by Anne B. Cohen

The year was 1896, and nineteenth-century journalists called the murder of Pearl Bryan the "Crime of the Century." From the day Pearl's headless body was found to the execution of her murderers on the gallows,...


Folklore Genres

by Dan Ben-amos

The essays in Folklore Genres represent development in folklore genre studies, diverging into literary, ethnographic, and taxonomic questions. The study as a whole is concerned with the concept of genre and...


The British Traditional Ballad in North America

by Tristram Potter Coffin & Roger deV. Renwick

Tristram Potter Coffin's The British Traditional Ballad in North America, published in 1950, became recognized as the standard reference to the published material on the Child ballad in North America. Centering...