Achomawi and Atsugewi Tales and Achomawi Myths

Achomawi and Atsugewi Tales and Achomawi Myths

Roland B. Dixon

A short collection of tales and myths of the Achomawi and Atsugewi, who lived in the north-eastern Sierra Nevada of California. Chapters include; Creation Myth (Achomawi); The Making Of Daylight (Achomawi); Hawk-Man (Achomawi); Search For Fire (Achomawi); Loon-Woman (Achomawi); The Lost Brother (Achomawi); Bluejay And Lizard And The Grizzly-Bears (Achomawi); Silver-Fox And Coyote (Achomawi); The Mole And The Sun (Achomawi)…

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Aino Folk Tales

Aino Folk Tales

Basil Hall Chamberlain

The Ainu are an ethnic minority in Japan, living primarily on the northernmost Japanese island of Hokkaidō. This is a collection of tales from their culture. Stories include, The Loves of the Thunder-Gods, Why Dogs cannot speak, The Owl and the Tortoise, The Man who Married the Bear-Goddess, The Man who was changed into a Fox, and The Rat Boy.

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The Algonquin Legends of New England

The Algonquin Legends of New England

Charles G. Leland

Illustrated. This is Charles Lelands’ able retelling of the Algonquin mythology, particularly tales of the culture hero, Glooskap. Parts include; Glooskap The Divinity; The Merry Tales of Lox, The Mischief Maker; The Amazing Adventures of Master Rabbit; The Chenoo Legends; Thunder Stories; At-o-sis, the Serpent; The Partridge; The Invisible One; Story of the Three Strong Men; The Weewillmekq’; and, Tales of Magic.

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The Amazons

The Amazons

Guy Cadogan Rothery

Fully illustrated. The legend of the Amazons is amazingly consistent across three continents, even though actual documentary proof seems elusive. In particular, the Athenians were most insistent about the historical reality of a nation of all-women warriors; their legends described a prehistoric conflict with the Amazons as one of their finest hours. Although later the Amazons became just another map-filling…

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American Indian Fairy Tales

American Indian Fairy Tales

Margaret Compton

Fully illustrated. This is a collection of Native American folklore, retold for children and young adults, over a century ago. Chapters include: The Story-Teller Himself; Snowbird And The Water-Tiger; The Coyote Or Prairie Wolf; How Mad Buffalo Fought The Thunder-Bird; The Red Swan; The Bended Rocks; White Hawk, The Lazy; The Magic Feather; The Star Maiden; The Fighting Hare; The Great Head; The Adventures Of…

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The Ancient Irish Goddess of War

The Ancient Irish Goddess of War

W. M. Hennessey

The substance of this paper was read before the Royal Irish Academy on the 25th of January, 1869. It was very influential in establishing the interpretation of The Morrígan as being the goddess of war. The Morrígan (“terror” or “phantom queen”) or Mórrígan (“great queen”) (aka Morrígu, Morríghan, Mor-Ríoghain) is a figure from Irish mythology who appears to have once been a goddess, although she is not explicitly…

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Ancient Tales and Folk-lore of Japan

Ancient Tales and Folk-lore of Japan

Richard Gordon Smith

With 62 color illustrations. This is a collection of 57 historical legends and folktales from Japan. Nearly all of them are set in a well-defined time and place, instead of ‘once upon a time.’ Themes include ghosts; unrequited love across social boundaries; Shinto landscape, tree and ocean spirits; and tales driven by Bushido and Buddhist ethics. Chapters include: The Golden Hairpin; The Spirit Of The Willow Tree…

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Armenian Legends and Poems

Armenian Legends and Poems

Zabelle C. Boyajian

This is a collection of translations of Armenian literature from the middle ages, interspersed with poetry from the 19th century. In addition, there are a number of episodes from the chronicles of Moses of Khorene, a fifth century Armenian historian. The book concludes with a long essay by Aram Raffi which contextualizes the long history of Armenian literature. This essay also details the long religious…

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At the Back of the Black Man’s Mind

At the Back of the Black Man's Mind

R. E. Dennett

Fully illustrated. Published in 1906, this book looks at Bantu and Yoruba spiritual practices and philosophy, including nature worship, sacred kingship, and shamanism. R. E. Dennett spent many years studying West African folklore, culture, and religion at the turn of the 19th century. Chapters include Sacred Lands And Rivers, Measures, Signs, And Symbols, Coronation Of A King In The Kongo, Benin Districts…

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Australian Legendary Tales

Australian Legendary Tales

K. Langloh Parker

This is still 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.
Tales include: Dinewan The Emu…

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Babylonian Religion and Mythology

Babylonian Religion and Mythology

Leonard William King

This is Volume IV of the ‘Books On Egypt And Chaldea’ Series. It is based, in part, upon the cuneiform inscriptions that had been discovered in Mesopotamia (modern day Iraq). It includes accounts of the gods of Babylon, the idea of heaven and hell, the legends of creation and the story of the deluge (which is very similar to that in Genesis). It also has tales of the gods and heroes of Ancient Babylon. Illustrated.

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Basque Legends

Basque Legends

Wentworth Webster

Chapters include: The Tartaro; Errua, The Madman; The Three Brothers, The Cruel Master, And The Tartaro; The Tartaro and Petit Perroquet; The Grateful Tartaro and the Heren-Suge; The Seven-Headed Serpent; The Serpent in the Wood; Acheria, The Fox; The Ass and the Wolf; Basa-Jauna, The Wild Man; The Servant at the Fairy’s; The Fairy in the House; The Pretty But Idle Girl; The Devil’s Age; The Fairy-Queen Godmother…

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Beowulf

Beowulf

J. Lesslie Hall

Beowulf, a hero of the Geats in Scandinavia, comes to the help of Hrothgar, the king of the Danes, whose mead hall (Heorot) has been under attack by a being known as Grendel. After Beowulf slays him, Grendel’s mother attacks the hall and is then also defeated. Victorious, Beowulf goes home to Geatland in Sweden and later becomes king of the Geats. After a period of fifty years has passed, Beowulf defeats a dragon…

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