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FAIRY TALES, FOLKLORE, AND MYTHOLOGY

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Written by HANS HOLBEIN
Commentaries by ULINKA RUBLACK

Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages

Publisher: Penguin Classics

On Sale: 01/03/2017

Price: $16.00

ISBN: 978-0-141-39682-8

An invaluable new reproduction of Holbein’s woodcuts of The Dance of Death
 
One of Hans Holbein’s first great triumphs, The Dance of Death is an incomparable sequence of tiny woodcuts showing the folly of human greed and pride. Each image is packed with drama, wit, and horror, as a skeleton mocks and terrifies everyone from the emperor to a ploughman. Taking full advantage of the new literary culture of the early sixteenth century, The Dance of Death took an old medieval theme and made it...

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FIFTEEN HUNDRED YEARS OF SUPERNATURAL ENCOUNTERS
Edited by SCOTT G. BRUCE

Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages

Publisher: Penguin Classics

On Sale: 09/27/2016

Price: $17.00

ISBN: 978-0-143-10768-2

The walking dead from 15 centuries haunt this compendium of ghostly visitations through the ages, exploring the history of our fascination with zombies and other restless souls.
 
Since ancient times, accounts of supernatural activity have mystified us. Ghost stories as we know them did not develop until the late nineteenth century, but the restless dead haunted the premodern imagination in many forms, as recorded in historical narratives, theological texts, and personal letters. The Penguin...

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UNCOVERING THE ANCIENT SCIENCE OF SACRED SPACES
Written by RICHARD MERRICK

Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages

Publisher: EVOLVER EDITIONS

On Sale: 05/22/2012

Price: $19.95

ISBN: 978-1-583-94538-4

In 2010, Richard Merrick took a family trip to Scotland’s Rosslyn chapel–the enigmatic fifteenth-century temple made famous by Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code. Little did he know he was about to embark upon an intellectual and personal journey that would lead to the discovery of a real-life lost symbol–one that reveals the connection between the world’s most sacred temples and opens up a treasure trove of lost science and ancient secrets.

The symbol he discovers–the Venus Blueprint–is based on...

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THE HEALING POWER OF MEDICINAL PLANTS
Written by WOLF D. STORL
Foreword by ROSEMARY GLADSTAR

Format: Trade Paperback, 392 pages

Publisher: North Atlantic Books

On Sale: 01/17/2012

Price: $27.95

ISBN: 978-1-583-94358-8

Traditional herbalists or wise women were not only good botanists or pharmacologists; they were also shamanic practitioners and keepers of occult knowledge about the powerful properties of plants. Traveling back to the healing arts of the ancient Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans, The Herbal Lore of Wise Women and Wortcunners takes readers deep into this world, through the leechcraft of heathen society and witches’ herb bundles to the cloister gardens of the Middle Ages. It also examines herbal...

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THE GENESIS OF A MODERN MYTH

Format: Trade Paperback, 216 pages

Publisher: Smithsonian Books

On Sale: 06/22/2010

Price: $16.95

ISBN: 978-1-588-34063-4

In the summer of 1947 something mysterious crashed in the New Mexican desert near the town of Roswell. Whether it was an alien spacecraft manned by tiny humanlike beings or–the US government’s official explanation–a scientific research balloon has long been a subject of passionate debate. Transcending the believer-versus-skeptic debate, anthropologists Benson Saler and Charles A. Ziegler contend that the Roswell story is best understood as a modern American myth. They show how the story–and...

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ARCHAEOLOGY AND EARLY AFRICAN AMERICA, 1650-1800
Written by LELAND FERGUSON

Format: Trade Paperback, 232 pages

Publisher: Smithsonian Books

On Sale: 09/17/2004

Price: $24.95

ISBN: 978-1-560-98059-9

Winner of the Southern Anthropological Society’s prestigious James Mooney Award, Uncommon Ground takes a unique archaeological approach to examining early African American life. Ferguson shows how black pioneers worked within the bars of bondage to shape their distinct identity and lay a rich foundation for the multicultural adjustments that became colonial America. Through pre-Revolutionary period artifacts gathered from plantations and urban slave communities, Ferguson integrates folklore,...

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FáBULAS DE LAS TRADICIONES HISPANAS E INDíGENAS
Edited by JOHN BIERHORST

Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages

Publisher: Vintage Espanol

On Sale: 11/11/2003

Price: $16.95

ISBN: 978-0-375-71397-2

The wisdom and artistry of Latin America’s storytellers preserve one of the world’s richest folktale traditions—combining the lore of medieval Europe, the ancient Near East, and pre-Columbian America. Among the essential characters are the quiet man’s wife who knew the Devil’s secrets, the tree daughters who robbed their father’s grave, and the wife in disguise who married her own husband—not to mention the Bear's son, the tricksters Fox and Monkey, the two compadres, and the classic rogue...

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STORIES FROM HISPANIC AND INDIAN TRADITIONS
Written by JOHN BIERHORST

Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages

Publisher: Pantheon

On Sale: 09/09/2003

Price: $19.95

ISBN: 978-0-375-71439-9

The wisdom and artistry of Latin America’s storytellers preserve one of the world’s richest folktale traditions—combining the lore of medieval Europe, the ancient Near East, and pre-Columbian America. Among the essential characters are the quiet man’s wife who knew the Devil’s secrets, the tree daughters who robbed their father’s grave, and the wife in disguise who married her own husband—not to mention the Bear's son, the tricksters Fox and Monkey, the two compadres, and the classic rogue...

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Edited by WILLIAM BUTLER YEATS
Preface by PAUL MULDOON

Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages

Publisher: Modern Library

On Sale: 02/11/2003

Price: $18.00

ISBN: 978-0-812-96855-2

Gathered by the renowned Irish poet, playwright, and essayist William Butler Yeats, the sixty-five tales and poems in this delightful collection uniquely capture the rich heritage of the Celtic imagination. Filled with legends of village ghosts, fairies, demons, witches, priests, and saints, these stories evoke both tender pathos and lighthearted mirth and embody what Yeats describes as “the very voice of the people, the very pulse of life.”

“The impact of these tales doesn’t stop with...

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Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages

Publisher: Pantheon

On Sale: 12/03/2002

Price: $19.95

ISBN: 978-0-375-71455-9

From Robert Browning’s Pied Piper of Hamelin and William Makepeace Thackeray’s Rose and the Ring to Kenneth Grahame’s Reluctant Dragon and J. M. Barrie’s Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens, here are seventeen classic stories and poems from the golden age of the English fairy tale. Some of them amuse, some enchant, some satirize and criticize, but each one—in the words of Laurence Houseman, author of the classic Rocking-Horse Land—“is an expression of the joy of living.”

Accompanied by the...

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THE SECRET TEACHINGS OF THE ORIGINAL CHRISTIANS

Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages

Publisher: Harmony

On Sale: 10/22/2002

Price: $16.00

ISBN: 978-1-400-04594-5

Why were the teachings of the original Christians brutally suppressed by the Roman Church?

• Because they portray Jesus and Mary Magdalene as mythic figures based on the Pagan Godman and Goddess
• Because they show that the gospel story is a spiritual allegory encapsulating a profound philosophy that leads to mythical enlightenment
• Because they have the power to turn the world inside out and transform life into an exploration of consciousness

Drawing on modern scholarship, the authors of the...

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Written by ROYALL TYLER

Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages

Publisher: Pantheon

On Sale: 08/13/2002

Price: $19.95

ISBN: 978-0-375-71451-1

Here are two hundred and twenty dazzling tales from medieval Japan, tales that welcome us into a fabulous, faraway world populated by saints and scoundrels, ghosts and magical healers, and a vast assortment of deities and demons. Stories of miracles, visions of hell, jokes, fables, and legends, these tales reflect the Japanese worldview during a classic period in Japanese civilization. Masterfully edited and translated by the acclaimed translator of The Tale of Genji, these stories ably...

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