Treasury of African Love: Poems & Proverbs

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Some other great ones are The Dullahan: the original headless horseman who would ride a black horse, carry his head in one hand and whip made of a human spine in the other. Asrai - are small and delicate female faeries who melt away into a pool of water when captured or exposed to sunlight. Sam summons the crossroads demon who holds the contract on Dean's soul. Many scholars have adopted a psychological approach because of interest aroused by the theories of Sigmund Freud.

King Vikram and the Vampire: Classic Hindu Tales of

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Thus they were scattered all over the world, and when they met again long afterwards, they were different tribes and spoke different languages. [ Gaster, p. 119] A flood once covered all but the summits of some of the highest mountains. Human admiration for this animal is perhaps best expressed in the words of the American naturalist, Ernest Thompson Seton: "...the joyful, keen and fearless otter; mild and loving to his own kind, and gentle with his neighbour of the stream; full of play and gladness in his life, full of courage in his stress; ideal in his home, steadfast in death; the noblest little soul that ever went four-footed through the woods."

Kwaidan: Stories and Studies of Strange Things

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Find out more about the grand Greek myths, below! Sadly, an underlying current of racism and superiority often governed our attitudes and behavior toward the Vietnamese. In our often over-crowded world, they claim we crave the need for a scary adventure. When the village's chieftain returned from the hunt and saw what had happened to his family, he drowned himself in the lake. [ Vitaliano, pp. 164-165; Kelsen, p. 136] The sun once met the moon and threw mud at it, making it dimmer.

Valhalla: The Myths of Norseland

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This was his suggestion. 2) I wonder if the belief that snakes don't die til after dark was a cautionary device to keep kids from messing with a killed snake. When he finally saw it, he was horribly afraid and forbade his wife, son, and two daughters to catch and eat the fish. Fairytales and legends including many that you have probably never heard before. The content of the nursery rhymes ranges from extremely practical, to moral life lessons, to imaginative characters.

The Mystery of the Grail: Initiation and Magic in the Quest

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This was the name of the sister and companion of Ares in Greek mythology. The fish told Manu to put him in a clay jar for protection. Although we generally accept cultural myths to the extent to which we are a part of our culture, the truly satisfying and exciting myths are those which arise from our own passions, our own dreams, and our own visions. On seeing this he rushed back into the house and exclaimed to his comrades, �Alas! our wishes have been overheard by the King; here are his hatchet and his spear.

North and South of the Tweed - Stories and Legends of the

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This stone he raised upright and also placed others about the water spring, and said to his friend: �To-day I name this stone Ku-a-lanakila, for I have triumphed over my enemies; and I hereby declare that all fishes, crabs, and sea-moss shall return again in plenty throughout the seas of Hana, as in the days when my parents were living in the flesh at Lehoula.� From the time Aiai raised this stone, up to the present generation, the story of Ku-ula and Aiai is well preserved, and people have flocked to the place where the stone stands to see it and verify the tradition.

Passionate Fact: Storytelling in Natural History and

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According to Vladimir Propp (Morphology of the Folktale, 1928), difficult tasks in folktales are stable elements, the functions of the characters, while content of the tasks varies. Those who laid the foundations of modern science, such as Nicholas of Cusa, Johannes Kepler, Sir Isaac Newton, and Gottfried Leibniz, were absorbed by metaphysical problems of which the traditional, indeed mythological, character is evident. Where would Walt Disney be without the Brothers Grimm Hans Christian Anderson, or Victor Hugo?

Scandinavian Legends and Folk-tales

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Loud Noise – Make as much noise as possible at midnight to scare away evil spirits. A fable is a type of fairy tale that is attempting to teach a lesson in its telling. She also prepared Ares' bath, and helped Hera to her chariot. Grendel was the monster who attacked the court of the Danish king Hrothgar every night and killed all the warriors. The cause of the commotion was the appearance of two birds playing in the air, which so excited the people that they kept cheering them all that day.

Arthurian Romance: A Short Introduction (Wiley Blackwell

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Paul, Minnesota, Llewellyn, 1998. 304 pages. Saint Bartholomew reported back to Heaven, and the Eternal Father said to kick the boy if he again didn't understand. The people were much surprised at this change and felt sorely disappointed at the loss of their food supply. He seemed to resent his betrothed�s supposed infidelity the more because she had thrown herself away on such unworthy persons, who were, besides, ugly and disfigured, while he, Kauhi, was not only a person of rank and distinction, but possessed also of considerable manly beauty.

15 Easy Folktale Fingerplays (Grades K-1)

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The prevalence of belief in the figures of Philippines mythology is strong in the provinces. Later Welsh legends describe him as a king of Britain who was killed attacking Ireland. If this sacrifice is not made, the man says, another flood will come and destroy everyone. [ Judson, p. 20; Frazer, pp. 292-294] In the world before this one, the people didn't know how to behave or how to act human, and the creating power was displeased.