Myths and Folk: Tales of the Russians, Western Slavs and Magyars

Myths and Folk: Tales of the Russians, Western Slavs and Magyars

by Jeremiah Curtin
     
 

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Talking animals, venturesome young men and maidens, foul witches, dazzling spirits, and other magical creatures abound in the pages of this rare collection of unusual fairy tales. Collected firsthand in the late nineteenth century by a Smithsonian Institution ethnologist, these authentic stories represent a priceless resource of anthropological lore as well as

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Talking animals, venturesome young men and maidens, foul witches, dazzling spirits, and other magical creatures abound in the pages of this rare collection of unusual fairy tales. Collected firsthand in the late nineteenth century by a Smithsonian Institution ethnologist, these authentic stories represent a priceless resource of anthropological lore as well as fanciful entertainment for readers of all ages.
All 32 tales are derived from sources in Russia and nearby regions. Selections include 20 Russian stories such as “Ivan Tsarevich, the Fire-bird, and the Gray Wolf,” “Vassilissa Golden Tress, Bareheaded Beauty,” and “Yelena the Wise”; six Slavic (Czech or “Chekh”) tales, including “The King of the Toads,” “The Cuirassier and the Horned Princess,” and “The Treacherous Brothers”; and six fables of Magyar (Hungarian) origin, including “The Reed Maiden,” “Mirko, the King’s Son,” and “The Hedgehog, the Merchant, the King and the Poor Man.”
An informative new Introduction by an expert in Slavic cultures highlights the anthropological significance of these enchanting tales. In addition to having historical and ethnological value, the stories are simply delightful reading, offering hours of entertainment to lovers of myth and folklore.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780486409054
Publisher:
Dover Publications
Publication date:
11/02/2011
Pages:
608
Sales rank:
1,271,212
Product dimensions:
5.42(w) x 8.46(h) x 1.10(d)

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