Legends of the World

Legends of the World❰Epub❯ ❥ Legends of the World Author Richard Cavendish – Tbjewellers.co.uk Legends are stories that spring from the collective consciousness of a people no one writer ever invented the adventures of Robin Hood the fanciful tales of the Buddha's childhood or the exploits of t Legends are stories that spring from the collective consciousness of a people no one writer ever invented the adventures of Robin Hood the fanciful tales of the Buddha's childhood or the exploits of the Aboriginal outlaw Yagan Although Legends of ePUB ½ legends have their roots in undefined history and are shaped by constant telling and retelling they become legends only after the facts have been transformed by the popular imagination when real people become magical beasts demons or men with supernatural powersHere the most important most popular and most curious legends from each of the five continents and from sophisticated and primitive cultures alike have been chosen by thirty four experts These writers relate the cultural context of each legend The authors also describe the effects these stories had on the people who first heard them and they trace where appropriate the legends' distant origins in recorded events and characters A comparative survey charts the recurring themes and motifs providing a fascinating view of how the same legend with minor variations appears in many different parts of the world.

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  • Hardcover
  • 432 pages
  • Legends of the World
  • Richard Cavendish
  • English
  • 24 October 2015
  • 9781566194624

10 thoughts on “Legends of the World

  1. says:

    Although probably out of date in terms of latest scholarship it was published in 1982 this is a sound reference work covering the world's legendary not historical or mythological heritageI read it straight through from cover to cover over a long period but there is no need to do so This might be best treated as a useful reference workThe Editor Richard Cavendish has competently drawn together over 30 contributing experts to provide uick summaries of legends from every continent Perhaps only Africa is under representedThe breadth is chronological as well as geographical ranging from the legend of Sinuhe Ancient Egypt and the Trojan War through to tales of Jesse James Billy the Kid and Australian aboriginal banditsThere is a very useful comparative survey of all the legends in an appendix a good index and a decent list of books for further reading at least from those published before the bookThere is also a lot of material for theory especially about archetypal attitudes to such things as love and property but also about attitudes to sustaining and resisting powerThe woodcut illustrations by Eric Fraser are very attractive additions

  2. says:

    this is what i'm reading in between other bookskind of cool811 I don't think I'll ever finish reading this book because I always refer to this book for one thing or anotherBut I'm just going to post it as read to get it off my list

  3. says:

    A compendium of articles about myths and legends in different parts of the world Interesting but a little dry

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