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Mysterious Celtic Mythology in American Folklore [NOOK Book]

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The darkest fears and wildest dreams of people throughout history survive in legends, fairy tales, and bedtime stories. A respected Celtic expert, Bob Curran explores nineteen regional tales from all over the United States and traces their origins to the ancient mythology of Ireland, Scotland, and Wales.

During the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, Celtic Europeans brought their folktales with them to America. Once they reached American soil, they adapted their stories, ...

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Mysterious Celtic Mythology in American Folklore

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Overview

The darkest fears and wildest dreams of people throughout history survive in legends, fairy tales, and bedtime stories. A respected Celtic expert, Bob Curran explores nineteen regional tales from all over the United States and traces their origins to the ancient mythology of Ireland, Scotland, and Wales.

During the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, Celtic Europeans brought their folktales with them to America. Once they reached American soil, they adapted their stories, replacing details popular in the old country with those more relevant to the new world. Divided into chapters, these regionally distinct stories trace the beginnings of vampires, headless horsemen, witches, banshees, and other mythical creatures.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781589809178
  • Publisher: Pelican Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/20/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 296
  • Sales rank: 817,259
  • File size: 483 KB

Meet the Author

Bob Curran is a prolific writer and expert on Celtic culture and folklore and has penned more than fifty books in eleven languages. He teaches in Ireland and lectures throughout Northern Europe and the United States on folklore and education. Born in Northern Ireland, he held a series of odd jobs in the United Kingdom and the Americas before returning to his native land, including gravedigger, journalist, scriptwriter, mortuary attendant, and radio programmer. Curran has also worked on underground publications, including Oz, a counterculture magazine in London, and as an educational and cultural adviser for the government of Ireland.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 7

Part 1 Lost and Fabulous Kingdoms

Alabama: The Legend of Prince Madoc 13

California: J.C. Brown and the Lost World 27

The Great Lakes: The Land of the Lost 43

Wyoming: The Treasure of a Forgotten Land 59

Part 2 Mysterious and Sacred Places

Connecticut: The Place of Noises 75

Kansas: The Gateway to Hell 87

New Hampshire: The Willey House 101

North Carolina: The Devil's Tramping Ground 115

Part 3 Witches, Wizards, and Uncanny People

Maryland: The Evil of Patty Cannon 127

Massachusetts: The Quaker Seeress 139

South Carolina: The Amazing Dr. Buzzard 153

Tennessee: The Roan Mountain Shapeshifters 169

Part 4 Ghosts, Spirits, and the Unquiet Dead

Ohio: The Daylight Wraith 187

Rhode Island: Sarah Tillinghast 199

Virginia: Bouncing Bertha 221

South Carolina: The Tidewater Country Gray Man 233

Part 5 Devil Creatures

Kentucky: The Thing on the Road 249

Missouri: The Black Booger Dog 261

Tennessee: The Woman in Black 273

Bibliography 287

Index 289

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