By Claude Lévi-Strauss, Catherine Tihanyi
So starts off the Nez Percé fable that lies on the center of The tale of Lynx, Claude Lévi-Strauss's so much obtainable exam of the wealthy mythology of yank Indians. during this wide-ranging paintings, the grasp of structural anthropology considers the numerous diversifications in a narrative that happens in either North and South the US, yet in particular one of the Salish-speaking peoples of the Northwest Coast. He additionally indicates how centuries of touch with Europeans have altered the tales.
Lévi-Strauss makes a speciality of the competition among Wild Cat and Coyote to discover the that means and makes use of of gemellarity, or twinness, in local American tradition. the concept that of twin association that those stories exemplify is one in every of non-equivalence: every little thing has an contrary or different, with which it coexists in risky rigidity. against this, Lévi-Strauss argues, eu notions of twinness—as within the delusion of Castor and Pollux—stress the basic sameness of the twins. This basic cultural distinction lay in the back of the deadly conflict of eu and local American peoples.
The tale of Lynx addresses and clarifies all of the significant matters that experience occupied Lévi-Strauss for many years, and is the single one in every of his books during which he explicitly connects heritage and structuralism. the result's a piece that would attract these attracted to American Indian mythology.
By Joseph Campbell
This is often the ultimate quantity of "The mask of God" sequence. this actual ebook contains the interior tale of contemporary tradition, spanning our whole philosophical, religious and creative historical past because the darkish a while, and treating glossy man's distinct place because the writer of his personal mythology.
By Mary Y. Hallab
Examines the large renowned charm of vampires from early Greek and Slavic folklore to present-day pop culture.
By Gregory Schrempp
By Scott Cunningham
The methods of magic are published in nature . . . The secrets and techniques are written in meandering streams and drifting clouds, whispered through the roaring ocean and cooling breeze, echoed via caves and rocks and forests. When you draw a middle within the sand, name at the 4 winds for information, or ask the rain to scrub away a foul behavior, you're training earth magic. by way of operating in concord with nature, we will rework ourselves, our lives, and our global. This tried-and-true consultant deals multiple hundred spells, rites, and easy rituals you could practice utilizing the strong power of the earth. Scott Cunningham used to be a significantly revered instructor and the most influential contributors of the fashionable Craft circulation. A practitioner of elemental magic for two decades, he wrote greater than fifty books, together with the seminal Wicca: A advisor for the Solitary Practitioner.
By Martha Sims, Martine Stephens
Residing Folklore is a complete, simple creation to folklore because it is lived, shared and practiced in modern settings. Drawing on examples from diversified American teams and studies, this article supplies the scholar a robust foundationвЂ”from the fieldвЂ™s heritage and significant phrases to theories, interpretive ways, and fieldwork. Many academics of undergraduates locate the on hand folklore textbooks too advanced or unwieldy for an introductory point direction. it really is accurately this feedback that dwelling Folklore addresses; whereas accomplished and rigorous, the e-book is in particular meant to satisfy the desires of these scholars who're simply starting their research of the self-discipline. Its actual power lies in the way it combines conscientiously articulated foundational suggestions with appropriate examples and a student-oriented instructing philosophy.
By Stuart A Kallen
All through heritage vampires were seen as hideously repellant, strikingly beautiful, dangerously evil, and piteously gloomy. This identify explores vampire ideals from the blood sucking beasts of precedent days to the immortal youngster heartthrobs of the twenty-first century.
By Simon J. Bronner
Bronner addresses the historic, rhetorical, philosophical, and mental dimensions of culture and the way it impacts different elements of yankee tradition.