Oklahoma Seminoles Medicines, Magic and Religion by James H. Howard, Willie Lena

By James H. Howard, Willie Lena

Mention the identify Seminole and such a lot americans consider the Florida phase of the tribe—Indian males in colourful shirts poling dugouts throughout the black waters of the Everglades and girls stitching patchwork in palmetto-thatched chickees. yet one other Seminole inhabitants, a lot higher in numbers, lives within the prairie and scrub oak hill state of Oklahoma.

Studies of the Oklahoma phase of the tribe were few, and James H. Howard’s goal in penning this booklet has been to checklist the richness of Seminole tradition within the West, offering that tradition because it is visible and interpreted through its extra conventional individuals in Oklahoma today.

Much of the Seminole tradition is held in universal, yet many transformations have grown up among the 2 teams because the “Trail of Tears” separated them within the 1830s. this doesn't inevitably suggest higher acculturation to white methods by means of the Oklahoma Seminoles. In a few circumstances the Oklahomans are the extra conventional, in that they preserve cultural varieties pointed out in early documents yet lengthy forgotten in Florida.

Howard records contributions from many people, however the maximum quantity of knowledge got here from Willie Lena, a Seminole city leader who lives in Wewoka, Oklahoma. Born in 1912 and reared via his conservative grandparents, Lena used to be protected against the white tradition in the course of his early life and punctiliously educated in Seminole methods and values. well-known given that his adolescence as a traditionalist chief, Lena has a full of life intelligence, creative expertise, and a hot character that experience led him to function an enthusiastic ambassador of his personal tradition either to the more youthful new release of Seminoles and Creeks and to non-Indians as well.

In an in depth file of Seminole tradition because it is located in Oklahoma at the present time, Howard has integrated chapters on natural and non-herbal treatments, magic and witchcraft, supernaturals, the fairway Corn rite, the night dances and different ceremonials, activities and video games, mortuary practices, and different facets of the Seminole international. in response to firsthand details and vast fieldwork, Howard’s descriptions are beautiful and rapid. He additionally monitors broad wisdom of the comparable literature, and parallel fabric recorded in past resources is frequently brought up for comparability. Lena’s illustrations upload extra curiosity and authenticity to the book.

Seminole tradition, with its specified attitudes and ideology and relatively Southeastern Indian worldview, has persevered inspite of greater than 400 years of publicity to ecu and American tradition. it really is really transparent from the cloth provided during this e-book that there'll stay American Indians in Oklahoma who proudly name themselves “Seminole” for a few years to come.

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Folklore of Wales by Anne Ross

By Anne Ross

Wales is a Celtic state and the Celts have continuously precious oral studying and recitation. certainly they've got a keenness for committing proof to reminiscence instead of hoping on the written note. This identify covers legends linked to place-names, calendar customs, giants and monster, omens and moment sight, and people therapeutic and natural remedies.


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Creatures in the Mist: Little People, Wild Men and Spirit by Gary R. Varner

By Gary R. Varner

Bringing jointly a medley of news, myths, and folklore Gary Varner stocks a fascination and recognize for humankind's early and modern cultures and wonders at similarities around the board. right here, he specializes in "Little humans" and giants, animals and were-creatures, and the abnormal, useful or threatening methods imputed to our earthly partners together with canine and cats, bats and spiders, and the tales humans have informed each one different approximately them considering the fact that time immemorial. Gary Varner has played a invaluable carrier in those books. [Presenting] lore from in regards to the international, a collector's hoard of traditions wealthy and weird, ... Varner exhibits there fairly are noticeable and perplexing similarities among generally separated cultures. Gary Varner has pointed how you can a few very important cross-cultural readings within the ageless subject matters of stone and water. - Jeremy Harte, Curator of the Bourne corridor Museum, Surrey, England, in Northern Earth journal, #103, 2005 Menhirs, Dolmen and Circles of Stone is a superb advisor to large-scale magical stones and stone magic. This booklet is a needs to for an individual drawn to megalithic websites. so much hugely suggested. -PanGaia journal, usa As with different books by way of a similar writer, it is a publication established upon vast examine into the topic, stretching internationally. What effects is an engaging weave of news and photographs, descriptions of web sites and linked stories, that leaves a feeling of one thousand deities whispering within the air. since it is so huge a sweep, the optimistic final result is an overreaching standpoint of the styles and commonalities held among human groups - our ancestors - throughout the realm. The e-book is a valid assessment and provocation to analyze extra deeply ourselves, to discover replacement visions, stories and interpretations, to determine extra concerning the sacred currents, their depths and value - either to our ancestors and to ourselves. The author's notations are finished, permitting us simply to persist with the clues. A invaluable piece of labor. -The Druid community, England * Gary R. Varner is a lecturer and author on folklore and early religions. he's writer of a number of renowned books evaluating legends and ideology worldwide, together with The Mythic woodland, the golf green guy & the Spirit of Nature (Algora 2006); Menhirs, Dolmen and Circles of Stone: The Folklore and Magic of Sacred Stone (Algora 2005); and Sacred Wells: A examine within the heritage, that means, and Mythology of Holy Wells. His technique accommodates info from historic cultures and from local American, united kingdom and ecu, Asian, South Pacific and African folklore. Varner is a member of the yank Folklore Society.

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Myths, Stories, and Organizations: Premodern Narratives for by Yiannis Gabriel

By Yiannis Gabriel

Every one bankruptcy of the e-book takes as its start line a fable, a legend, a narrative or a delusion and explores its modern relevance for a global of globalization, firms and consumerism. each one contributor is galvanized through a comparatively brief yet wealthy textual content that's then used as a springboard for an research of up to date social and organizational realities. the belief at the back of this booklet is that by way of taking a look at modern society in the course of the prism of pre-modern narratives, definite positive aspects emerge in sharp aid, whereas others are stumbled on to be entrenched in societies around the a while. The texts that experience encouraged the authors of this assortment differ-some are myths, a few are tales, one is a kid's story. The origins of those texts range, from the scriptural to the folkloric, from excessive artwork to oral culture. What the entire texts have in universal is a unique and compelling plot, a solid of recognizable characters with a capability to the touch us and phone us throughout the a long time, and specially, a strong symbolic air of secrecy, one who makes them identifiable landmarks in storytelling culture. the motive force in the back of this undertaking used to be every one author's love for his or her narratives. it isn't an exaggeration to assert that the publication is a real exertions of affection. The chapters are brought via the editor and are prepared in 4 elements, each one with its personal advent. The chapters in each one half spring from tales that proportion a story personality, and are categorised as wisdom Narratives, Heroic Narratives, Tragic Narratives and Reflective Narratives. The publication bargains a suite of probing, unique and demanding inquiries into the character of human event wisdom and fact, the character of management, energy and heroic success, postmodernity and its discontents, and emotion, id and the character of human kinfolk in firms. assorted chapters deal, between pother issues, with the character of management within the face of terrorism, friendship, women's place in organisations, the fight for identification, the curse of insatiable intake and the methods the hero and heroine are developed in our times.

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African Genesis: Folk Tales and Myths of Africa by Leo Frobenius

By Leo Frobenius

An eminent German explorer, ethnologist, and authority on prehistoric paintings, Leo Frobenius (1873‒1938) startled the area of anthropology along with his suggestion of "continuity of cultures" — providing, for example, a hyperlink among Egyptian spiritual symbols and preexisting African mythology. during his anthropological fieldwork, Frobenius and different contributors of his expeditions gathered an abundance of genuine African folklore. This quantity offers a wealthy collection of those attention-grabbing stories, fables, and legends.
Stories diversity from the Kabyl legends of the early Berbers and ballads of the Fulbe bards of Sahel within the southern Sahara to the comically exaggerated unbelievable stories of the Mande in Sudan and the appealing production myths of the Wahungwe of Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe). The thematic adaptations within the stories correspond with their narrators' varied geographical and cultural backgrounds.
Recounted with enticing simplicity and directness, those usually a laugh, occasionally strange tales are illustrated with diversifications of prehistoric rock work and photographs of twentieth-century Africans. Of monstrous price to scholars of African tradition, this ebook also will entice the numerous dedicated readers of folklore and mythology.

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Lafcadio Hearn's America: Ethnographic Sketches and by Lafcadio Hearn

By Lafcadio Hearn

The yank essays of popular author Lafcadio Hearn (1850-1904) artistically chronicle the strong city lifetime of Cincinnati and New Orleans. Hearn is without doubt one of the few chroniclers of city American existence within the 19th century, and masses of this fabric has no longer been largely on hand because the Nineteen Fifties. Lafcadio Hearn's the United States collects Hearn's tales of vagabonds, river humans, mystics, criminals, and a few of the earliest debts to be had of black and ethnic city folklife in the US. He used to be a regularly consulted specialist on the United States in the course of his years in Japan, and those editorials examine the issues and chances of American lifestyles because the kingdom entered its maximum century. Hearn's paintings, which displays an the US that's much less "melting pot" than a diverse, highly spiced, and sometimes unique gumbo, offer crucial history for the learn of America's first steps clear of its agrarian beginnings.

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At Play in Belfast: Children’s Folklore and Identities in by Donna M. Lanclos

By Donna M. Lanclos

Donna M. Lanclos writes approximately young ones at the university playgrounds of working-class Belfast, Northern eire, utilizing their very own phrases to teach how they form their social identities. The suggestion that kid's voices and views needs to be incorporated in a piece approximately early life is valuable to the e-book. Lanclos explores kid's folklore, together with skipping rhymes, clapping video games, and "dirty" jokes, from 5 Belfast basic colleges (two Protestant, Catholic, and one mixed). She listens for what she will be able to know about gender, relations, adult-child interactions, and Protestant/Catholic tensions. Lanclos often notes violent topics within the folklore and conversations that point out childrens are conscious of the truth during which they reside. yet while, young ones face up to being marginalized by means of adults who attempt to guard them from this reality.

For Lanclos, kid's studies stimulate discussions approximately tradition and society. In her phrases, "Children's daily lives are extra than simply training for his or her futures, yet are lifestyles itself."

At Play in Belfast is a quantity within the Rutgers sequence in youth stories, edited by way of Myra Bluebond-Langner.

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Mythology of the Romans by Evelyn Wolfson

By Evelyn Wolfson

Discover the tales of a few of the main well-liked Roman figures, resembling Romulus and Remus, Jupiter, Venus, Mars, and Apollo. Roman mythology is predicated seriously at the Greek myths, and the 2 cultures percentage some of the similar gods and goddesses, less than diverse names. despite the fact that, Roman myths additionally contain a number of references to genuine, historic figures. This publication highlights tales from the complicated tradition that was once old Rome. every one bankruptcy is by means of a query and resolution part which covers topics, symbols, and characters; and professional observation which makes for nice dialogue. to permit republication of the unique textual content into e-book, paperback, and exchange versions, this e-book is built from ROMAN MYTHOLOGY.

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