Folklore & Mythology

Folklore & Mythology

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The Mabinogion, Anonymous
1 Anonymous The Mabinogion
Dutton Adult 1975 0460010972 / 9780460010979 Paperback Very Good 
An assembly of Welsh stories from two ancient books, the 'Red Book of Herge st' and the earlier 'The White Book of Rhydderch' approx 500 BC. 
Price: 500.00 JPY
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Folk Tales of Britain : Narratives (three volumes), Briggs, Katharine
2 Briggs, Katharine Folk Tales of Britain : Narratives (three volumes)
The Folio Society 2011 Hardcover, In Fine/in Fine Slipcase 
Three volumes in suitcase in perfect condition. No sign of wear. Books are decorated in green cloth with black and gold designs. A beautiful collection of hundreds of stories and legends of Britain. 
Price: 15000.00 JPY
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The Gaelic Otherworld: Superstitions Of The Highlands And Islands Of Scotla nd And Witchcraft & Second Sight In The Highlands & I, Campbell, John Gregorson
3 Campbell, John Gregorson The Gaelic Otherworld: Superstitions Of The Highlands And Islands Of Scotla nd And Witchcraft & Second Sight In The Highlands & I
Birlinn Ltd 2005 1841582077 / 9781841582078 Paperback Near Fine 
A tight clean softcover, no markings throughout: John Gregorson Campbell (1836-91) was one of a number of outstanding folklorists who collected and published the traditions of their native Highlands and Islands during the second half of the nineteenth century and the first few years of the twentieth. In addition to a trail-blazing introduction which places these Highland beliefs firmly in their social context, Ronald Black provides substantial explanatory endnotes and a comprehensive new index, all of which allow The Gaelic Otherworld to take its proper place as a classic of world folklore. 
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4 Doniger, Wendy The Bedtrick: Tales of Sex and Masquerade
University Of Chicago Press 2000 0226156427 / 9780226156422 Hardcover Very Good/Very Good 
"Somehow I woke up one day and found myself in bed with a stranger." Meant literally or figuratively, this statement describes one of the best-known p lots in world mythology and popular storytelling. In a tour that runs from Shakespeare to Hollywood and from Abraham Lincoln to Casanova, the erudite and irrepressible Wendy Doniger shows us the variety, danger, and allure of the "bedtrick," or what it means to wake up with a stranger. The Bedtrick brings together hundreds of stories from all over the world, f rom the earliest recorded Hindu and Hebrew texts to the latest item in the Weekly World News, to show the hilariously convoluted sexual scrapes that p eople manage to get themselves into and out of. Here you will find wives wh o accidentally commit adultery with their own husbands. You will read Linco ln's truly terrible poem about a bedtrick. You will learn that in Hong Kong the film The Crying Game was retitled Oh No! My Girlfriend Has a Penis. An d that President Clinton was not the first man to be identified by an idios yncratic organ. At the bottom of these wonderful stories, ancient myths, and historical anecdotes lie the dynamics of sex and gender, power and identity. Why can't people tell the difference in the dark? Can love always tell the difference between one lover and another? And what kind of truth does sex tell? Funny, sexy, and engaging, The Bedtrick is a masterful work of energetic storytelling and dazzling scholarship. Give it to your spouse and your lover. 
Price: 1500.00 JPY
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The Greek Myths: Complete Edition, Graves, Robert
5 Graves, Robert The Greek Myths: Complete Edition
Penguin Books 1993 0140171991 / 9780140171990 Paperback Good 
Combines in a single volume the complete text of the definitive two-volume classic, citing all the ancient myths. 
Price: 700.00 JPY
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The Greek Myths: Volume 2 (Pelican), Graves, Robert
6 Graves, Robert The Greek Myths: Volume 2 (Pelican)
Penguin Books 1955 0140205098 / 9780140205091 Paperback Good 

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Stone of Truth and Other Irish Folk Tales, Hyde, Douglas
7 Hyde, Douglas Stone of Truth and Other Irish Folk Tales
Irish Academic Press Ltd 1979 0716523442 / 9780716523444 Paperback Near Fine 
A clean softcover, no markings throughout, NOT an ex-lib book. 
Price: 1000.00 JPY
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Teller of Hawaiian Tales, Knudsen, Eric A.
8 Knudsen, Eric A. Teller of Hawaiian Tales
Booklines Hawaii Ltd 1996 1566471192 / 9781566471190 Paperback Very Good 

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9 Leavy, Barbara Fass In Search of the Swan Maiden: A Narrative on Folklore and Gender
NYU Press 1995 0814751008 / 9780814751008 Paperback Very Good 
A read copy but no markings throughout, unblemished spine, NOT an ex-librar y edition: In her compendious study, [of the folktale of the runaway wife] Leavy argue s that the contradictory claims of nature and culture are embodied in the l egendary figure of the swan maiden, a woman torn between the human and best ial worlds. --The New York Times Book Review This is a study of the meaning of gender as framed by the swan maiden tale, a story found in the folklore of virtually every culture. The swan maiden is a supernatural woman forced to marry, keep house, and bear children for a mortal man who holds the key to her imprisonment. When she manages to reg ain this key, she escapes to the otherworld, never to return. These tales have most often been interpreted as depicting exogamous marriag es, describing the girl from another tribe trapped in a world where she wil l always be the outsider. Barbara Fass Leavy believes that, in the societie s in which the tale and its variants endured, woman was the other--the outs ider trapped in a society that could never be her own. Leavy shows how the tale, though rarely explicitly recognized, is frequently replayed in modern literature. Beautifully written, this book reveals the myriad ways in which the folktales of a society reflect its cultural values, and particularly how folktales are allegories of gender relations. It will interest anyone involved in literary, gender, and cultural studies. 
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The Epics of Celtic Ireland: Ancient Tales of Mystery and Magic, Markale, Jean
10 Markale, Jean The Epics of Celtic Ireland: Ancient Tales of Mystery and Magic
Inner Traditions 2000 0892818158 / 9780892818150 Paperback Near Fine 
A tight clean softcover, no markings throughout: A world-renowned Celtic historian restores the classic Irish epics to their original sacred context. Restores the true Celtic morality and sentiment to these tales, which were expurgated by Christian monks. Reveals how deeply these mythic tales have shaped modern sensibility. Shows how the ancient Celtic tradition provides answers to contemporary spi ritual needs. Some of the most powerfully moving tales in Western literature are to be fo und in the epics of Celtic Ireland. Heroes and heroines like Finn Mac Cool, Grainne, and Cuchulainn are now familiar names, and their exploits have ev en been novelized for the contemporary reader. But the value of these stori es extends far beyond mere entertainment. In Celtic myth the adventure of a hero and a warrior is not only an instinctive search for answers to the gr eat human metaphysical problems, but also a palpable, even sensual experien ce. The dividing line between sacred and profane is forever shifting in way s that can be shocking, if not incomprehensible, to a person accustomed to the logical systems based on classical thought. Distrustful of the written word, Celtic druids forbade anything involving their tradition from being put into writing. However, Christian monks chose to preserve all they could of the oral tradition on paper. Unfortunately, they did not hesitate to alter what they couldn't comprehend, or what their Christian sensibilities found shocking. In this collection of some of the most important narratives in the rich Irish tradition, Jean Markale restores these texts to their original form and reveals how t 
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Classical Mythology: A Very Short Introduction, Morales, Helen
11 Morales, Helen Classical Mythology: A Very Short Introduction
Oxford University Press 2007 0192804766 / 9780192804761 Paperback Very Good 
The book has been read, but is in excellent condition. Pages are intact and not marred by notes or highlighting. The spine remains undamaged. From Zeus and Europa, to Diana, Pan, and Prometheus, the myths of ancient Greece and Rome seem to exert a timeless power over us. But what do those myths represent, and why are they so enduringly fascinating? Why do they seem to be such a potent way of talking about our selves, our origins, and our desires? This imaginative and stimulating Very Short Introduction goes beyond a simple retelling of the stories to explore the rich history and diverse interpretations of classical mythology. It is a wide-ranging account, examining how classical myths are used and understood in both high art and popular culture, taking the reader from the temples of Crete to skyscrapers in New York, and finding classical myths in a variety of unexpected places: from Arabic poetry and Hollywood films, to psychoanalysis, the Bible, and New Age spiritualism. 
Price: 500.00 JPY
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Popol Vuh: The Sacred Book of the Ancient Quiche Maya, Recinos, Adrian
12 Recinos, Adrian Popol Vuh: The Sacred Book of the Ancient Quiche Maya
University of Oklahoma Press 1991 0806102055 / 9780806102054 Hardcover Good/Good 

Price: 1000.00 JPY
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Aboriginal Myths, Legends and Fables, Reed, A. W.
13 Reed, A. W. Aboriginal Myths, Legends and Fables
New Holland Publishers, Ltd. 2000 1876334290 / 9781876334291 Paperback Near Fine 
ABOUT THE BOOK Aboriginal Myths, Legends and Fables 
Price: 900.00 JPY
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Legends of Atlantis and Lost Lemuria, Scott-Elliot, W
14 Scott-Elliot, W Legends of Atlantis and Lost Lemuria
Quest Books 1925 0835606643 / 9780835606646 Paperback Very Good 
A copy that has been read, but is in excellent condition. Pages are intact and not marred by notes or highlighting. The spine remains undamaged. In this book inhabitants of Atlantis and Lemuria come alive--their hopes and fears, their achievements and sins. The submerged continents are described in graphic detail--their location, history, flora and fauna, human inhabitants, customs, science, religion, and contact with advanced teachers. The information comes from the writings of Plato, from the esoteric tradition as set forth in The Secret Doctrine of H.P. Blavatsky, and from the clairvoyant writings of C.W. Leadbeater, one of the most remarkable sensitives of modern times. The result is a modern expression of a timeless myth in which everyone now living has a role. Color maps are included in the book. 
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Mythology of the Celtic People, Squire, Charles
15 Squire, Charles Mythology of the Celtic People
Bracken Books 1998 0091850436 / 9780091850432 Paperback Near Fine 
A tight clean softcover, no markings throughout: Now back in print for the first time in many years is one of the most comprehensive studies of Celtic mythology, legend, and poetry ever written, presenting the entire enthralling panorama of the mythical and legendary traditions of the ancient Gaelic and British Celts. Here, in clear, compact, readable form are stories of all the chief characters of Celtic myth: the Gaelic gods and the giants they battled; the "Champions of the Red Branchy" of Ulster, heroes of the great "Irish Iliad;" Finn and the Fenians; and the gods and heroes of the ancient Britons, down through the great deeds of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table. You will find the original adventures of such great heroes and heroines as Cuchulainn, Diarmait, Conan, Ossian, Emer, Dierdre, Rhiannon, and Bran. These legendary figures and their epics of magic and might greatly influenced the writings of such authors as Lord Dunsany, E.R. Eddison, J.R.R. Tolkien, Kenneth Morris, and Robert E. Howard. 
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16 Sykes, Egerton Everyman's Dictionary of Non-Classical Mythology
J M Dent & Sons Ltd 1977 0460030108 / 9780460030106 Hardcover Very Good/Very Good 

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17 Westropp, T.J Folklore of Clare: A folklore survey of County Clare and County Clare folk- tales and myths
Clasp Press 2003 1900545160 / 9781900545167 Paperback Near Fine 
A crisp clean softcover, no markings throughout. 
Price: 2700.00 JPY
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The Greek Myths: Volume 2 (Pelican), Graves, Robert
The Greek Myths: Volume 2 (Pelican)
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Classical Mythology: A Very Short Introduction, Morales, Helen
Classical Mythology: A Very Short Introduction
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Popol Vuh: The Sacred Book of the Ancient Quiche Maya, Recinos, Adrian
Popol Vuh: The Sacred Book of the Ancient Quiche Maya
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The Epics of Celtic Ireland: Ancient Tales of Mystery and Magic, Markale, Jean
The Epics of Celtic Ireland: Ancient Tales of Mystery and Magic
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The Gaelic Otherworld: Superstitions Of The Highlands And Islands Of Scotla nd And Witchcraft & Second Sight In The Highlands & I, Campbell, John Gregorson
The Gaelic Otherworld: Superstitions Of The Highlands And Islands Of Scotla nd And Witchcraft & Second Sight In The Highlands & I
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Mythology of the Celtic People, Squire, Charles
Mythology of the Celtic People
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Stone of Truth and Other Irish Folk Tales, Hyde, Douglas
Stone of Truth and Other Irish Folk Tales
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Aboriginal Myths, Legends and Fables, Reed, A. W.
Aboriginal Myths, Legends and Fables
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