Download E-books Vampyres PDF

By Christopher Frayling

An increased, absolutely illustrated, and updated version of the vintage cultural heritage of vampires

Vampyres is a complete and generously illustrated historical past and anthology of vampires in literature, from the folklore of jap Europe to the Romantics and past. It comprises extracts from an incredible variety of sources?from Bram Stoker’s targeted learn notes for Dracula to penny dreadfuls, to Angela Carter’s The Bloody Chamber (new to this variation) that's analyzed via the writer in a broader cultural context.

This revised and multiplied variation of the 1978 vintage brings Vampyres modern with twenty-first-century vampire literature, together with new textual content extracts, statement, and a revised creation. For the 1st time, Christopher Frayling additionally explores the advance of the vampire within the visible arts in 4 color-plate sections, with illustrations starting from eighteenth-century prints to twenty-first-century movie stills, demonstrating the long-lasting allure of the vampire from well known press to high quality paintings and, eventually, to film.

60 colour illustrations

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Download E-books The Girl Who Married a Lion: and Other Tales from Africa PDF

By Alexander McCall Smith

Accrued here's a beguiling collection of folktales from Zimbabwe and Botswana as retold via the best-selling writer of The No. 1 women' Detective organisation. This treasury comprises lots of the tales formerly accrued in kids of Wax and 7 new stories from the Setswana-speaking humans of Botswana.

A lady discovers that her younger husband may really be a lion in conceal, yet now not earlier than they've got sons who may possibly really be cubs . . . whilst a baby made up of wax follows his interest outdoor into the warmth of sunlight and melts, his siblings form him right into a poultry with feathers made from leaves that allow him to fly into the sunshine . . . conversing hyenas, milk-giving birds, smart cannibals who still get their comeuppance, and mysterious forces that dwell within the landscape—these extraordinary fables carry us the wealth, the range, and the actual magic of conventional African lore.

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Download E-books Texas Indian Myths & Legends PDF

Step right into a colourful pageantry of the robust those that as soon as governed and nonetheless impact the nice country of Texas. From the Caddo within the Piney Woods, the Lipan Apache within the Southwest, the Wichita on the crimson River, and the Comanche around the nice Plains to the Alabama-Coushatta within the vast Thicket, 5 international locations come alive via fantasy and background in Jane Archer's vividly written publication concerning the first Texans.

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Download E-books The Complete Idiot's Guide to Classical Mythology, 2nd Edition (Complete Idiot's Guides (Lifestyle Paperback)) PDF

By Kevin Osborn

An exploration of undying legends.

First informed centuries in the past, the traditional myths of the Greeks and Romans proceed to fascinate and impression the area this day. The extended variation of this well known advisor examines why those legends stay an essential component of human historical past, bringing up their literary worth, and their presence all through pop culture in such works as J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter novels, and the Coen brothers’ movie O Brother, the place paintings Thou?.

• incorporates a 50-page “who’s who” thesaurus of classical mythological characters— from either the Greek and Roman versions
• An up-to-date examine contemporary videos and tv sequence’ according to mythology, together with Helen of Troy, HBO’s lively Odyssey, and the Disney Channel’s Hercules

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Download E-books The Anthropology of Texts, Persons and Publics (New Departures in Anthropology) PDF

What can texts - either written and oral - let us know concerning the societies that produce them? How are texts constituted in several cultures, and the way do they form societies and members? How do we comprehend the folks who compose them? Drawing on examples from Africa and different nations, this unique learn units out to reply to those questions, by means of exploring textuality from a number of angles. themes coated comprise the significance of style, the ways that oral genres go beyond the here-and-now, and the advanced dating among texts and the fabric global. Barber considers the ways that personhood is evoked, either in oral poetry and in written diaries and letters, discusses the audience's position in developing the that means of texts, and indicates textual creativity to be a common human means expressed in myriad kinds. attractive and thought-provoking, this publication may be welcomed by means of somebody drawn to anthropology, literature and cultural stories.

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Download E-books Maithil Women's Tales: Storytelling on the Nepal-India Border PDF

By Coralynn V. Davis

Constrained by means of traditions limiting their routine and speech, the Maithil girls of Nepal and India have lengthy explored person and collective lifestyles studies by means of sharing tales with each other. occasionally fantastical, occasionally together with one of those magical realism, those stories permit girls to construct group via a deeply own and continually evolving storytelling form.
 
In Maithil Women’s Tales, Coralynn V. Davis examines how those storytellers weave jointly their very own lifestyles experiences--the hardships and the pleasures--with age-old topics. In so doing, Davis demonstrates, they harness people traditions to grapple for my part in addition to jointly with social values, behavioral mores, relationships, and cosmological questions.
 
every one bankruptcy contains tales and excerpts that demonstrate Maithil women’s present for wealthy language, layered plots, and lovely allegory. additionally, Davis presents ethnographic and private info that demonstrate the complexity of women’s personal lives, and comprises works painted by way of Maithil storytellers to demonstrate their stories. the result's a desirable research of being and turning into that may resonate for readers in women’s and Hindu stories, folklore, and anthropology.

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Download E-books Handbook of Inca Mythology (World Mythology) PDF

The first creation to the Incas and their myths aimed toward scholars and basic readers, bringing jointly a wealth of knowledge into one handy resource.

• an in depth timeline locations all key mythological stories and historic advancements in chronological order, from the beginnings of the realm to the Spanish conquest

• A vividly illustrated A–Z dictionary part offers entries for key deities, creatures, characters, rituals, sacred gadgets, operating subject matters, and ideology in Inca mythology, in addition to vital cultural and ancient phrases, humans, and places

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