Never Marry a Woman with Big Feet: Women in Proverbs from by Mineke Schipper

By Mineke Schipper

In cultures through the global, intercourse and gender matters were expressed in proverbs, the world's so much concise literary style. by no means Marry a lady with giant ft presents revealing insights into the feminine situation throughout centuries and continents, as recorded in hundreds of thousands of vibrant and earthy proverbs approximately women. Mineke Schipper explores the similarities, alterations, and contradictions that coexist in cultural norms approximately gender from 1000's of languages and over a hundred and fifty nations. Grouping the sayings into such different types because the lady physique, love, intercourse, childbirth, and feminine strength, she reveals lovely styles in rules approximately women—and males. This cross-cultural learn and demanding research of proverbs approximately girls is a different and interesting source to dip into back and again. "A nice contribution to the cosmopolitan dialog that ought to occur globalization."—K. Anthony Appiah, Princeton University "A attention-grabbing research of greater than 15,000 proverbs. . . . Engrossing."—Carolyne Larrington, occasions Literary complement (20060501)

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Cemeteries and Gravemarkers: Voices of American Culture by Richard Meyer

By Richard Meyer

Cemeteries residence the lifeless, yet gravemarkers are formed via the dwelling, who checklist on them not just their pleasures, sorrows, and hopes for an afterlife, but additionally greater than they observe in their heritage, ethnicity, and tradition. Richard Meyer has amassed twelve unique essays interpreting burial grounds throughout the centuries and around the land to offer a vast realizing of the historical past and cultural values of groups, areas, and American society at large.

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A Tree Accurst: Bobby McMillon and Stories of Frankie Silver by Daniel W. Patterson

By Daniel W. Patterson

On a wintry evening in 1831, a guy named Charlie Silver used to be murdered with an awl and his physique burned in a cabin within the mountains of North Carolina. His younger spouse, Frankie Silver, was once attempted and hanged for the crime. In later years humans claimed tree turning out to be close to the ruins of the previous cabin was once cursed--that an individual who climbed into it might be not able to get out. Daniel Patterson makes use of this "accurst" tree as a metaphor for the grip the tale of the homicide has had at the imaginations of the area people, the broader global, and the famous Appalachian conventional singer and storyteller Bobby McMillon.

For approximately a hundred and seventy years, the reminiscence of Frankie Silver has been saved alive via a ballad and native legends and by means of the scoop bills, fiction, performs, and different works they encouraged. Weaving Bobby McMillon's own story--how and why he grew to become a taleteller and what this tale ability to him--into an research of the Silver homicide, Patterson explores the genesis and makes use of of folklore and the interaction among folklore, social and private heritage, legislations, and narrative as humans and groups attempt to comprehend human personality and fate.

Bobby McMillon is a furnishings and health center employee in Lenoir, North Carolina, with deep roots in Appalachia and a lifelong ardour for studying and acting conventional songs and stories. He has acquired a North Carolina folks background Award from the state's Arts Council and in addition the North Carolina Folklore Society's Brown-Hudson Folklore Award.

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Dreaming of Cockaigne: Medieval Fantasies of the Perfect by Herman Pleij

By Herman Pleij

Think a dreamland the place roasted pigs wander approximately with knives of their backs to make carving effortless, the place grilled ducks fly without delay into one's mouth, the place cooked fish leap out of the water and land at one's toes. the elements is often light, the wine flows freely, intercourse is quickly to be had, and everyone get pleasure from everlasting youth.

Such is Cockaigne. Portrayed in legend, oral heritage, and artwork, this imaginary land grew to become the main pervasive collective dream of medieval times-an earthly paradise that served to counter the anguish and frustration of day-by-day life and to allay anxieties approximately an more and more elusive heavenly paradise.

Illustrated with remarkable art from the center a while, Herman Pleij's Dreaming of Cockaigne is a lively account of this misplaced paradise and the realm that introduced it to existence. Pleij takes 3 vital texts as his beginning issues for an encouraged of the landscape of principles, goals, well known faith, and literary and inventive production found in the overdue heart a long time. What emerges is a well-defined photo of the period, offered with a wealth of element from all of Europe, in addition to Asia and America.

Pleij attracts upon his thorough wisdom of medieval eu literature, paintings, historical past, and folklore to explain the fantasies that fed the stories of Cockaigne and their connections to the important obsessions of medieval existence.

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Selected Myths by Plato

By Plato

"Once upon a time there have been simply the gods; mortal beings didn't but exist."
We are used to taking into consideration myths containing strains like this easily as tales, and sleek myths as made up and fictitious. For the traditional Greeks, although, a delusion used to be unveiled truth, and for Plato, who used to be a myth-maker in addition to a myth-teller, a fantasy may let us know whatever very important approximately ourselves and our global. the final word function of Plato's myths is to aid us reside a greater existence, and to educate philosophical truths in a kind we will most simply comprehend. This quantity brings jointly ten of the main celebrated Platonic myths from 8 of Plato's dialogues, starting from the early Protagoras and Gorgias to the later Timaeus and Critias. the gathering contains the recognized fantasy of the cave from Republic in addition to "The Judgement of Souls" and "The delivery of Love." every one fantasy is a self-contained tale, prefaced through a brief explanatory be aware. An creation to the amount considers Plato's use of delusion and imagery.
These myths are either thought-provoking and profound, and jointly they supply a terrific creation to Plato's philosophy.

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Jokes and targets by Christie Davies

By Christie Davies

Jokes and goals takes up an beautiful and pleasing topic—the social and historic origins of jokes approximately ordinary goals similar to rustics, Jewish spouses, used vehicle salesmen, and dumb blondes. Christie Davies explains why political jokes flourished within the Soviet Union, why Europeans inform jokes approximately American attorneys yet no longer approximately their very own attorneys, and why intercourse jokes frequently confer with France instead of to different nations. one of many world’s best specialists at the research of humor, Davies presents a wide-ranging and exact research of the jokes that make up a major a part of daily conversation.

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Fire and Blood: Rubies in Myth, Magic, and History by Diane Morgan

By Diane Morgan

The ruby is the world's most beneficial and infrequent stone. For the traditional Hindus, the ruby was once Rajnapura: the Gem of gem stones, at whose middle surges an everlasting, unquenchable flame. but, for all its rarity and sweetness, the ruby has regularly been a marginally sinister stone. Indian legend says the ruby was once born from the blood of a demon. certainly, the ruby is particularly with regards to a wild, residing being: fiery, passionate, and hazardous. it's been on the heart of affection and wars, a logo of ardour, greed, and powerful magic. old sages and glossy crystal healers have credited it with unusual powers—from the granting of prophetic perception to conserving one from bullets. It has lengthy been a part of the human trip: coveted, fought over, and feared. Morgan considers the entire appealing and terrifying features of this brilliant stone: medical, financial, mythological, and religious. She discusses the good stones and nice heists of the ruby world—and the recognized fakes, too—the nice Black Prince and popular Timur. She closes with a dialogue of the making of man-made rubies and the laser beam.

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Kentucky Bluegrass Country (Folklife in the South Series) by R. Gerald Alvey

By R. Gerald Alvey

Kentucky Bluegrass state through R. Gerald Alvey Horse breeding, the cultures of tobacco and bourbon, the types of structure, the codes of the quest, the traditions of playing and dueling, convivial celebrations, nearby foodways-all of those are elements within the folklife of the internal Bluegrass quarter that's the concentration of this interesting e-book. R. Gerald Alvey (retired) was once a professor of folklore and English on the college of Kentucky.

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