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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, […]

Living Folklore

Living Folklore is a comprehensive, straightforward introduction to folklore as it is lived, shared and practiced in contemporary settings. Drawing on examples from diverse American groups and experiences, this text gives the student a strong foundation from the field’s history and major terms to theories, interpretive approaches, and fieldwork.Many teachers of undergraduates find the available […]

Hindu Goddesses

Goddess worship has long been a significant aspect of Hinduism. In this book David Kinsley, author of The Sword and the Flute Kali & Krsna: Dark Visions of the Terrible and the Sublime in Hindu Mythology, sorts out the rich yet often chaotic history of Hindu goddess worship.

Tales of Superhuman Powers

This book is a collection of 55 folktales that feature supernatural abilities. These tales represent powers–from invisibility to shape-shifting–that people have dreamed of, conjured up and strived for through the ages. Many of the powers are present in popular culture, making the superheroes who wield them the direct descendants of characters such as the princess […]

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. […]