Ancient Werewolves and Vampires: The Roots of the Teeth [NOOK Book]

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The roots of werewolf and vampire legends go deep into the human past. Some of the earliest known folklore traditions of tribal people feature blood-drinking beasts, animated corpses, and shape-shifting monsters. Beginning as oral traditions passed down from generation to generation around the fireside, some of the first written tales of vampires and werewolves come from the ancient civilizations of Egypt, the Near East, Classical Greece, and Rome. From translations of these ancient texts come some of the most ...
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Ancient Werewolves and Vampires: The Roots of the Teeth

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Overview

The roots of werewolf and vampire legends go deep into the human past. Some of the earliest known folklore traditions of tribal people feature blood-drinking beasts, animated corpses, and shape-shifting monsters. Beginning as oral traditions passed down from generation to generation around the fireside, some of the first written tales of vampires and werewolves come from the ancient civilizations of Egypt, the Near East, Classical Greece, and Rome. From translations of these ancient texts come some of the most frightening first-hand accounts and eerie mythological tales the world has ever known. Bloodthirsty gods bent on destruction, the unquiet dead seeking vengeance from their tombs, and jackal-headed demons from the underworld—from the beginning of time, they walked among us!
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Naomi Butler
This book is about the bloodthirsty gods bent on destruction all through history. It is probably one of the best books despite the size of the volume. It appears to cover all kinds of monster, creatures, and spirits. There are many illustrations — some familiar and some are not. The teeth and boring into flesh is the focus of the information and the pictures. Gruesome stories and folktales are depicted and many are probably not familiar to the reader. It covers a wide geographical range. Words You May Not Know is helpful to the reader. You are referred to Internet references. Further Reading, and a Bibliography are included in the Contents. It may be the most popular one of the series for the adult reader who is perhaps more familiar with the historical pieces. Some of the references may be surprising since we do not think of them being linked to vampires, werewolves and other creatures. The author watched the TV series Dark Shadows growing up. She enjoys reading, studying the history, psychology, and mythology that is interwoven with stories of the supernatural. She has degrees in psychology and writing. Reviewer: Naomi Butler
VOYA - Christina Fairman
This slim nine-volume set introduces readers to vampire and werewolf legends from around the world. The series includes historical accounts, modern takes, tales from other cultures, and even how to recognize and defend oneself. Illustrations are predictably gruesome and bloody. The artwork features numerous benign monochromatic drawings that have been splattered with red paint, accompanied by additional illustrations that range from silly to creepy. The weakest of the group is Ancient Werewolves & Vampires: The Roots of the Teeth. This book demands proper editing—in one case, for example, the word "tale" is mistakenly used instead of "tail," while on another page Hinduism is referred to as "the world's oldest living religions." The simplistic vocabulary and low reading level will disappoint most tween and teen readers. Especially problematic, however, is the fact that the bibliography almost entirely consists of popular Web sites, a choice that reflects a decidedly amateur approach to research. Ancient vampire and werewolf legends deserve a more nuanced and sophisticated treatment than what one finds here. (The Making of a Monster: Vampires and Werewolves) Reviewer: Christina Fairman
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781422295717
  • Publisher: Mason Crest
  • Publication date: 2/3/2015
  • Series: Making of a Monster: Vampires & Werewolves
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 64
  • Age range: 3 months - 13 years
  • File size: 7 MB

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