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Giants, Monsters, and Dragons: An Encyclopedia of Folklore, Legend, and Mythby Carol Rose
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We have always conjured up creatures never seen in nature, from flying horses and two-headed birds to fire-breathing dragons and enormous killer skunks, as well as fantastic distortions of our own image, from giants to nubile maidens. In these pages you will meet extraordinary beings from Hindu and Navajo religions, Scandinavian tales, Russian folklore, Lithuanian stories, Irish oral history, American tall tales, and Aztec myth. Just some of the monstrous entourage: • Baku, a benevolent Japanese monster with the body of a horse, the head of a lion, and the legs of a tiger, who helps people by devouring their nightmares. • Kurma, the giant tortoise of Hindu myth, whose upper shell forms the heavens and lower part the earth. • Missipissy, the feared fish serpent of North America's Great Lakes region. This illustrated encyclopedia not only identifies and describes individual beasts in their cultural context but also groups them together across cultures and discusses common mythological strands and conceits.
-- Fully illustrated
-- Extensive bibliography
-- Useful appendixes assist further learning for students at all levels
"Lions and tigers and bears, oh my! have nothing on Rose, at home in a thicket of menacing creatures."--
Features: <BR>-- Fully illustrated<BR>-- Extensive bibliography<BR>-- Useful appendixes assist further learning for students at all levels
A richly illustrated encyclopedia that describes individual beings in their cultural context, grouping them across cultures and explaining common mythological themes.
We have always conjured up beings that are not in our image — from flying horses to fire-breathing dragons — as well as ones that are, from giants to mermaids. In these pages you will meet fantastic beings from Hindu and Navajo religions, Scandinavian tales, Russian folklore, American tall tales, Aztec myth, and more.
About the Author
Carol Rose is a research member at the University of Kent and a senior lecturer at Canterbury College, England.
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