A Dictionary of Folklore

A Dictionary of Folklore

Book - 1999
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From dragons, fairies, giants, and trolls to Paul Bunyan, Robin Hood, and UFOs, A Dictionary of Folklore is an illuminating and comprehensive one-volume guide to the central themes and traditions of world folklore from ancient times to the present day. More than 1,000 A-to-Z entries emphasize the social and oral traditions of the British Isles, Western Europe, and North America, with selective coverage of legends and lore from Africa, India, South America, Asia, and other parts of the world.

Entries include: Folkloric associations of superstitions, dreams, and myths: the evil eye, first-footing, the Fountain of Youth, and more Beliefs and remedies linked with plants, birds, and animals: dolphins, doves, eagles, seals, garlic, holly, leeks, and more Popular heroes and folkloric characters: Charlemagne, Paul Bunyan, Don Juan, Hiawatha, Johnny Appleseed, Merlin, The Lady of the Lake, and more Fabulous beasts and beings: dragons, elves, fairies, giants, leprechauns, mermaids, unicorns, and more Customs, rituals, and festivals surrounding such events as birth, marriage, and death: All Hallow's Eve (Halloween), Christmas, Easter, the Feast of Fools, Groundhog Day, and more Folkloric origins of nursery rhymes, proverbs, and sayings: Mother Goose, Aesop's Fables, "Abracadabra," and "Open Sesame", and more. Whether the topic is the mythology of mermaids or the holiday custom of the mistletoe kiss, students, researchers, and general readers will find it in this extraordinary general reference to world folklore.
Publisher: New York : Facts on File, c1999
ISBN: 9780816042500
Branch Call Number: REF 398.03 Pic
Characteristics: 324 p


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