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A to Z World Superstitions & Folklore

A to Z World Superstitions & Folklore is part of the World Trade Press A to Z World Culture Series. Individual titles in the series focus on a specific cultural topic for the 175 countries covered and offer broad factual information, deep insight and thoughtful analysis. Throughout each volume, the list of topics and the […]

A to Z World Superstitions & Folklore

A to Z World Superstitions & Folklore is part of the World Trade Press A to Z World Culture Series. Individual titles in the series focus on a specific cultural topic for the 175 countries covered and offer broad factual information, deep insight and thoughtful analysis. Throughout each volume, the list of topics and the […]

Physiologus

One of the most popular and widely read books of the Middle Ages, Physiologus contains allegories of beasts, stones, and trees both real and imaginary, infused by their anonymous author with the spirit of Christian moral and mystical teaching.  Accompanied by an introduction that explains the origins, history, and literary value of this curious text, […]

Figs, Dates, Laurel, and Myrrh

This book celebrates the plants of the Old Testament and New Testament, including the Apocrypha, and of the Quran. From acacia, the wood of the tabernacle, to wormwood, whose bitter leaves cured intestinal worms, 81 fascinating chapters covering every plant that has a true botanical counterpart tell the stories of the fruits and grains, grasses […]

On Monsters

Hailed as „a feast“ (Washington Post) and „a modern-day bestiary“ (The New Yorker), Stephen Asma’s On Monsters is a wide-ranging cultural and conceptual history of monsters–how they have evolved over time, what functions they have served for us, and what shapes they are likely to take in the future. Beginning at the time of Alexander […]

The Power of the Bull

Everyone has heard of the Minotaur in the labyrinth on Crete and many know that the Greek gods would adopt the guise of a bull to seduce mortal women. But what lies behind these legends?The Power of the Bull discusses mankind’s enduring obsession with bulls. The bull is an almost universal symbol throughout Indo-European cultures. […]

Imaginary Animals

 Fire-breathing dragons, beautiful mermaids, majestic unicorns, terrifying three-headed dogs these fantastic creatures have long excited our imagination. Medieval authors placed them in the borders of manuscripts as markers of the boundaries of our understanding. Tales from around the world place these beasts in deserts, deep woods, remote islands, ocean depths, and alternate universes just out […]

The Green Man in Britain

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 medieval poem Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and in summer folk customs such as Jack in the Green, the […]

Vampires, A Very Peculiar History

Dragged from the deepest, darkest depths of the 'Very Peculiar History' vaults, this book collects tales of terror, morbid myths and frightening facts that will chill you witless. Introduced by everyone's favourite bloodsucker, Count Dracula, 'Vampires: A Very Peculiar History' features the origin of vampire-like creatures and a biological and mythological look at human blood […]

100 Birds and How They Got Their Names

How did cranes come to symbolize matrimonial happiness? Why were magpies the only creatures that would not go inside Noah’s Ark? Birds and bird imagery are integral parts of our language and culture. With her remarkable ability to dig up curious and captivating facts, Diana Wells hatches a treat for active birders and armchair enthusiasts […]