Encyclopedia of Fairies in World Folklore and Mythology

Encyclopedia of Fairies in World Folklore and Mythology

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by Theresa Bane
     
 

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Fairies have been revered and feared, sometimes simultaneously, throughout recorded history. This encyclopedia of concise entries, from the A-senee-ki-waku of northeastern North America to the Zips of Central America and Mexico, includes more than 2,500 individual beings and species of fairy and nature spirits from a wide range of mythologies and religions from all

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Fairies have been revered and feared, sometimes simultaneously, throughout recorded history. This encyclopedia of concise entries, from the A-senee-ki-waku of northeastern North America to the Zips of Central America and Mexico, includes more than 2,500 individual beings and species of fairy and nature spirits from a wide range of mythologies and religions from all over the globe.

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Booklist
meticulously researched
Library Journal
more than 2,000 individual fairies and species of fairy from around the world and across time, as well as helpful entries on the phenomenon as observed in various geographic areas. Well done. For writers, mythologists, and fairy tale lovers and scholars in high school, public, and academic libraries
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recommended
School Library Journal
12/01/2013
Gr 9 Up—More than 2,500 beings and species of the fairy ilk are described in this comprehensive tome. The entries are organized alphabetically by entry name in bold type. The length of entries varies from a few sentences to several paragraphs. The countries of origin of the creatures covered reflect global diversity, with featured fairies hailing from all over Europe, North America, South America, the Middle East, and Africa. Cross-referencing is inconsistent. For example, one variation of "Knock Ma Fairies" is "Cnoc Ma Fairies." The latter does not have a separate entry in the "Cs" so readers have to know to look in the "Ks." Also, one variation of "Knockers" is "Black Dwarfs," and the entry for the first describes something different from the entry for the latter. The writing is straightforward, but geared toward readers who have a solid understanding of world legends: "Born one of the 3,000 daughters of the Titians, Oceanus and Tethys, Hesione was one of the named OCEANIDS and the wife of the Titan Prometheus in Greek Mythology." Extensive source notes and citations boost the appeal of the title for academians. There is no pronunciation guidance, which is problematic with so many names from different cultures: Nuada Airgetlam, Tomtegubbe, Yunw Tsunsdi, for example. Only for those with intense interest in fairy lore.—Jennifer Prince, Buncombe County Public Libraries, NC

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786471119
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
09/04/2013
Pages:
428
Sales rank:
325,258
Product dimensions:
6.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet the Author

Theresa Bane, a professional vampirologist, has appeared on the Discovery Channel's "Twisted Histories: Vampires" and "William Shatner's Weird or What" for her expertise on the undead and is the author of other books on unusual phenomena. She lives in Staunton, Virginia.

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NatoshaM 2 days ago
The book, Encyclopedia of Fairies in World Folklore and Mythology by Theresa Bane is such an excellent reference book! It's covering over 2,500 individual beings and species, some well heard of fairies and even learn about trolls! It's packed with ones from fairy tales and others heard from other places all over the world. Many religions that believe in certain fairies, you'll be able to find inside this book. Some of those locations are places such as Greece and Rome. They believed in these different types of Fairies and you'll learn about that with each little information posted beside each fairy's name. Plus, you may even learn about some more interesting details about each different fairy. Let's just say this book is extremely packed and covering so many fairies, even some I never even knew or heard of! The best part about this encyclopedia as with many is that every fairy from folklore and mythology is organized in alphabetical order, making it simple to find which one if you want to search for any specific type or just find out about a new one any time of the day. Those who love learning about fairies will find this to be a wonderful book. I love how helpful the information about each really is and allows you to know where you might have heard or seen the name of that certain fairy, such as a book or even a different area in the world where they believe in that type of fairy. I think the one I know most of all and many will say they have heard of as well is the Tooth Fairy. So when you search under the T's for this specific fairy, you'll read how it once was said she would make sure the child's tooth will grow back after the one falls out, but now it is said she would leave money or a gift in place of the tooth under the pillow after retrieving the tooth the child lost. That is the most I knew about the Tooth Fairy, but it was cool to read about how she use to be known to make sure the tooth grew back. Finally, this is such an average in size book, nicely designed front cover, and a very interesting fairy reference book. I really enjoyed the detailed information on each fairy and can use this to refer too when I learn about any fairy from other regions of the world.