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Toraja: Misadventures of a Social Anthropologist in Sulawesi, Indonesia

by Nigel Barley

In 1985, Dr. Nigel Barley, senior anthropologist at The British Museum, set off for the relatively unknown Indonesian island of Sulawesi in search of the Toraja, a people whose culture includes headhunting,...


Fried Chicken

by John T. Edge

What could be a more fun and delicious way to celebrate American culture than through the lore of our favorite foods? That's what John T. Edge does in his smart, witty, and compulsively readable new series on...


Fairy Godfather: Straparola, Venice, and the Fairy Tale Tradition

by Ruth B. Bottigheimer

"Fairy Godfather: Straparola, Venice, and the Fairy Tale Tradition makes the case that the fairy tale, far from rising from the ground as a rural folk tradition, was invented by a city-bound sixteenth-century...


Stories of Our Lives: Memory, History, Narrative

by Frank de Caro

In Stories of Our Lives Frank de Caro demonstrates the value of personal narratives in enlightening our lives and our world. We all live with legends, family sagas, and anecdotes that shape our selves and give...


Scottish Customs: From the Cradle to the Grave

by Margaret Bennett

‘Yet again Margaret Bennett has produced a fascinating book...excellent value for money' – J.C. Massy, Lore and Language 'Margaret Bennett has given us another magic book, brought together from many books...


How to Kill a Vampire: Fangs in Folklore, Film and Fiction

by Liisa Ladouceur

Citing examples from folklore, as well as horror films, TV shows, and works of fiction, this book details all known ways to prevent vampirism, including how to protect oneself against attacks and how to destroy...


The Mythology of Venus: Ancient Calendars and Archaeoastronomy

by Helen Benigni

The Mythology of Venus is a collection of essays that summarizes the archaeoastronomy, calendar associations, religious and cultural icons and myths identified with the planet Venus. This book reveals the archetype...


Berkshire Folk Tales

by David England & Tina Bilbe

These lively and entertaining folk tales from one of Britain's most ancient counties are vividly retold by local storytellers David England and Tina Bilbe. Their origins lost in the oral tradition, these thirty...


Kentucky Hauntings: Homespun Ghost Stories and Unexplained History

by Roberta Simpson Brown & Lonnie E. Brown

More than evoking chills down the spine and cautious glances over one's shoulder, spooky stories create lasting bonds and memories between friends and family. The tradition of storytelling ties generations together...


Ireland and the Atlantic Heritage: Selected Writings

by Henry Glassie & E. Estyn Evans

Henry Glassie, in his Foreword, describes Estyn Evans, the great geographer-historian of Belfast, as 'one in a tiny aristocracy of the mind who created the intellectual world we inhabit and whose writings will...


Three Squares: The Invention of the American Meal

by Abigail Carroll

We are what we eat, as the saying goes—but we are also how we eat, and when, and where. Our eating habits reveal as much about our national identity as the food on our plates, as food historian Abigail Carroll...


The Agrarian Sociology Of Ancient Civilizations

by Max Weber

Max Weber, widely recognized as the greatest of the founders of classical sociology, is often associated with the development of capitalism in Western Europe and the analysis of modernity. But he also had...


The Green Man in Britain

by Fran Doel & Geoff Doel

The Green Man has many facets, many dimensions. He peers through his leaf mask in hundreds of church misericords and stone carvings. His innate link with the changing seasons and fertility is revealed in the...


Wicklow Folk Tales

by Brendan Nolan

These lively and entertaining traditional folk tales from Ireland's 'Garden County' are vividly retold by local storyteller Brendan Nolan. Their origins lost in the mists of time, these thirty stories from across...


Leitrim Folk Tales

by Susie Minto

Leitrim has a rich heritage of myths and legends which is uniquely captured in this collection of traditional tales from the county. Discover the burial place of the mythical hunter-warrior Fionn MacCumhaill,...


Apple Pie

by John T. Edge

What could be a more fun and delicious way to celebrate American culture than through the lore of our favorite foods? That's what John T. Edge does in his smart, witty, and compulsively readable new series on...


Sussex Folk Tales

by Michael O'Leary

These lively and entertaining folk tales from one of Britain's most ancient counties are vividly retold. Their origins lost in the oral tradition, these stories from Sussex reflect the wisdom (and eccentricities)...


Folklore of Wales

by Anne Ross

Wales is a Celtic country and the Celts have always treasured oral learning and recitation. Indeed they have a passion for committing facts to memory rather than relying on the written word. This title covers...


Folklore of the Scottish Highlands

by Anne Ross

In this book the author portrays the beliefs and customs of Scottish Gaelic society, including: seasonal customs deriving from Celtic festivals; the famous waulking songs; and the Highland tradition of seers...


Soviet Heroic Poetry in Context: Folklore or Fakelore

by Margaret Ziolkowski

Soviet epic compositions of the 1930s and 1940s, the so-called noviny (“new songs”), have often been the subject of folkloristic controversy. This study tells the story of the rise and fall of the noviny...