Download Dragonslayers: From Beowulf to St. George by Joseph A. McCullough, Peter Dennis PDF

By Joseph A. McCullough, Peter Dennis

From legend and mythology to The Hobbit and A video game of Thrones, the dragon is a perennial favourite within the delusion genre.

With its fiery breath, scaly armour, and baleful, malevolent stare, the dragon turned the last word image of evil and corruption in eu folklore and mythology. usually serving as a stand-in for devil, or the facility of evil gods, dragons unfold dying and hopelessness through the land. purely heroes of unusual valour, courageousness, and purity may desire to conflict those monsters and emerge positive. those who did grew to become legends. They grew to become dragonslayers. The checklist of dragonslayers is small, however it is stuffed with nice and mythical names. Hercules, Beowulf, Cuchulain, Sigfried, Lancelot, and Saint George all battled to the dying with dragons. different heroes comparable to the Danish King Frotho, the French Saint Mercurialis, the Polish champion Krak, and the Russian warrior Dobrynya Nikitch should be much less renowned to western readers, but in addition fought and defeated dragons. This publication will retell the best legends of this pick out staff of warriors, whereas studying the parable of the dragonslayer in a historic, mythological, or even theological context.

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Download Beyond Subsistence: Plains Archaeology and the by Philip Duke, Michael C. Wilson, Richard A. Krause, Dr. Alice PDF

By Philip Duke, Michael C. Wilson, Richard A. Krause, Dr. Alice Beck Kehoe, James Brooks, Larry J. Zimmerman, David W. Benn, Patricia J. O'Brian, Monica B. Weimer, Neil A. Mirau, Miranda Warburton, Melissa A. Connor, Ian Hodder, Mary K. Whelan

This quantity offers a chain of essays, written by means of Plains students of numerous examine pursuits and backgrounds, that practice postprocessual ways to the answer of present difficulties in Plains archaeology. Postprocessual archaeology is visible as a possible automobile for integrating culture-historical, processual, and postmodernist ways to resolve particular archaeological problems.The participants tackle particular interpretive difficulties in all of the significant areas of the North American Plains, examine diversified Plains societies (including hunter-gatherers and farmers and their linked archaeological records), and think about the political content material of archaeology in such fields as gender reviews and cultural source administration. They keep away from a programmatic adherence to a unmarried paradigm, arguing as a substitute mature archaeology will use assorted theories, equipment, and strategies to resolve particular empirical difficulties. via heading off over the top infatuation with the proper clinical technique, this quantity addresses questions that experience usually been classified as past archaeological investigations. individuals inlcude: Philip Duke, Michael C. Wilson, Alice B. Kehoe, Larry J. Zimmerman, Mary ok. Whelan, Patricia J. O'Brien, Monica Bargielski Weimer, David W. Benn, Richard A. Krause, James F. Brooks, Neil A. Mirau, Miranda Warburton, Melissa A. Connor, and Ian Hodder

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Download English Folk Tales by Sybil Marshall, John Lawrence PDF

By Sybil Marshall, John Lawrence

"A compilation of shiny, occasionally fearsome stories...The England we stopover at right here has no afternoon teas or jolly rounds of cricket on stunning eco-friendly lawns. In those pages, the delicate reader steps onto older, darker soil half-soaked in blood, superstition, and magic." ―The Wall highway Journal

Master storyteller, social historian, and folklorist Sybil Marshall scoured English background to collect a desirable selection of people stories in a single excellent variation. Out-of-print for over thirty years, forget is re-issuing this bewitching ebook to enchant a brand new audience.

From the good mass of people stories that exists, Sybil Marshall has selected a wide selection of news, retelling them with wit and suspense. we have now her stories of the little humans and of giants, of the satan and the saints, and supernatural and ethical tales.

Let Sybil Marshall lead you thru the outdated English nation-state, exploring the ideals and legends of time passed by. This fantastically packaged version, whole with wooden engraved illustrations by means of John Lawrence, will entertain, train, and ensnare audiences of all ages.

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Download The Black Hunter: Forms of Thought and Forms of Society in by Pierre Vidal-Naquet, Andrew Szegedy-Maszak PDF

By Pierre Vidal-Naquet, Andrew Szegedy-Maszak

"No one could fail to recognize the brilliance of the connections Vidal-Naquet suggests... Audacity has been attribute of Vidal-Naquet's profession from the beginning; it marked his actions as a historian engagé within the political fight; it really is noticeable at paintings in each web page of this book."—Bernard Knox, from the ForewordThe black hunter travels during the mountains and forests of Greek mythology, residing at the frontier of the city-state, of maturity, of sophistication, of ethics, of sexuality. Taking its name from this determine, The Black Hunter methods the Greek global from its margins and charts the flowery procedure of oppositions that pervaded Greek tradition and society: cultivated and wild, citizen and foreigner, actual and imaginary, god and guy. Organizing his discussions round 4 precept themes—space and time; early life and warriors; ladies, slaves, and artisans; and the town of imaginative and prescient and of reality—Pierre Vidal-Naquet specializes in the congruence of the textual and the particular, at the styles that hyperlink literary, philosophical, and old works with such social actions as conflict, slavery, schooling, and commemoration. The Black Hunter probes the interaction of worldwide view, language, and social perform "to convey into discussion that which doesn't evidently speak in response to the standard standards of historic judgement.

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Download Treasure of the Sangre de Cristos: tales and traditions of by Arthur L. Campa PDF

By Arthur L. Campa

This number of stories and traditions from the Southwest comprises tales of misplaced mines stacked with bars of gold, mule a great deal of silver cached away in outlaw hoards, and superb Jesuit treasures buried while that order used to be expelled from New Spain. a few treasure destinations will be rediscovered by accident or by means of an previous map-and by some means constantly misplaced again.But no longer most of these people teasures are of fabric wealth. there's the tale of a nun who enjoyed a soldier and repented, and whose kneeling determine should be obvious as a mountain rock formation. there's the Hermit of Las Vegas, an exact one who, after touring among Argentina and Quebec, settled in New Mexico, the place he turned the topic of affectionate legends.

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Download Tyendinaga Tales by Rona Rustige PDF

By Rona Rustige

From the creation: "Folk-tales are the verbal account of the area view and lifestyle of a humans. They carry a unique value whilst the folks lack a proper procedure of writing. For 1000 years the philosophy, faith, morals, customs, and ideas of the Iroquoian humans have been perpetuated by way of the spoken notice. Folklore may well clarify the starting place of guy, animals, vegetation, and the realm. Codes of behaviour, ethics, and social mores are confirmed in debts which describe, for instance, heroic or malicious deeds. tale- telling was once used to socialise and tutor youth and acted as a social cohesive for the total group." The stories which Rona Rustige has accumulated include many folkloric motifs which relate them to different Iroquoian literatures. within the context of this physique of Iroquoian folklore the stories tackle a broader importance and their upkeep permits destiny systematic study.

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Download Aberdeenshire Folk Tales by Grace Banks PDF

By Grace Banks

The folklore of the North East offers a wealthy tapestry for the stories inside; from Celtic and Pictish origins meet witches, selkies, smugglers, fairies, monsters, despicable rogues, riddles and heroes. Tragic occasions, spellbinding characters, humour, romance and smart minds are certain jointly by means of well-established storytellers residing and dealing within the urban and shire of Aberdeen. a few of the stories during this assortment are in accordance with ancient truth whereas others are embedded in fantasy and legend. all of the tales are set opposed to the backdrop of this gorgeous and sundry panorama.

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