Australian Legendary Tales

K. Langloh Parker

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Australian Legendary Tales: Folk-lore of the Noongahburrahs is a book by Australian writer Katie Langloh Parker, first published in 1896. The book consists of more than 30 tales, supplemented by a glossary. The stories take place in a timeless setting where humans, animal spirits, and supernatural entities interact, often referencing creation concepts. The tales feature references to an 'All Father' Baiame, a culture hero named Wurrunnah, and animal beings who interact with people and one another. One of the best available collections of Australian Aboriginal folklore, it was written for a popular audience, but the stories are retold with integrity, and not filtered, as was the case with similar books from this period. That said, the style of this book reflects Victorian sentimentality and, an occasional tinge of racism that may not sit well with some modern readers.

This book has 33,132 words, 68 pages in the PDF version, and was originally published in 1896.

Production notes: This ebook of Australian Legendary Tales was published by Global Grey on the 13th May 2018, and updated on the 25th April 2023. The artwork used for the cover is 'Stony Rises, Lake Corangamite' by Eugene von Guérard.

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