Dictionary of Folklore

Dictionary of Folklore

by David Pickering
     
 

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From dragons, fairies, giants, and trolls to Paul Bunyan, Robin Hood, and UFOs, A Dictionary of Folklore is an illuminating and comprehensive onevolume guide to the central themes and traditions of world folklore from ancient times to the present day. More than 1,000 AtoZ entries emphasize the social and oral traditions of the British Isles, Western Europe,See more details below

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From dragons, fairies, giants, and trolls to Paul Bunyan, Robin Hood, and UFOs, A Dictionary of Folklore is an illuminating and comprehensive onevolume guide to the central themes and traditions of world folklore from ancient times to the present day. More than 1,000 AtoZ entries emphasize the social and oral traditions of the British Isles, Western Europe, and North America, with selective coverage of legends and lore from Africa, India, South America, Asia, and other parts of the world.

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Library Journal
Although this reference book admits to being somewhat Eurocentric, it does touch upon the folklore of Asian, African, South American, and Native American cultures as well. Pickering (Cassell Dictionary of Superstitions, Cassell Dictionary of Proverbs) provides succinct but informative entries (longer when the topic is more complex) on such subjects as herbal remedies, the superstitions connected with various gemstones, and the folklore associated with selected trees, plants, birds, and animals. He also covers the ritual tradition of holidays and festivals and the origins of proverbs and sayings. In addition, the dictionary mentions characters and heroes from selkies to Joe Magarac, fantasy beings such as sprites and pixies, and some urban myths. While making what the introduction calls only "modest" claims to comprehensiveness, this dictionary nonetheless pulls together disparate strands of information not always available in mythology sources. Cross references help locate material. Recommended for public and school libraries as a basic reference on folklore.--Katherine Kaigler-Koenig, Ellis Sch., Pittsburgh Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.\
Booknews
This dictionary contains some thousand entries ranging from a couple of lines to a page in A-Z arrangement with "see" and "see also" references but lacking either and index or literature citations. Topics include folk tales, festivals customs, heroes, creatures, remedies. It is particularly galling in a dictionary on an oral traditon to find no pronunciation (owing, we suspect, to sloth: the sources from which dictionaries are compiled lack it and the research necessary would be laborious). Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Choice
...recommended for undergraduate and public libraries.
Book Report
...a good basic reference, ideal for quick browsing...Recommended.
VOYA
This book of folklore is a fun and informative read for anyone interested in the legends of the world...

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780816042500
Publisher:
Facts on File, Incorporated
Publication date:
01/28/2000
Series:
Facts on File Series
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range:
14 Years

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