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Fairy Tales Collection

NYPL        Dewey Dec.    398

Over 250 free online books on fairy tales, contributed to the Internet Archive by the New York Public Library. All appear to be pre-1924 publications.

Folklore Collection

Numerous free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “Folklore”. Be patient as the page loads.

Mythology Collection

Numerous free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “Mythology”. Be patient as the page loads.

Native American Mythology Collection

Numerous free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “Indian Mythology”. Be patient as the page loads.

Greek Mythology Collection

Numerous free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “Greek Mythology”. Be patient as the page loads.

Norse Mythology Collection

Numerous free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “Norse Mythology”. Be patient as the page loads.

Egyptian Mythology Collection

Numerous free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “Mythology – Egyptian”. Be patient as the page loads.

Celtic Mythology Collection

Numerous free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “Celtic Mythology”. Be patient as the page loads.

Roman Mythology Collection

Numerous free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “Mythology – Roman”. Be patient as the page loads.

Mayan Mythology Collection

Numerous free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “Mythology – Mayan”. Be patient as the page loads.

Celtic Myths

Aldhouse-Green, Miranda J.
University of Texas 1993        Dewey Dec.   936

“Celtic Myths explores the mythology and beliefs of the pagan Celts between about 600 B.C. and A.D. 400. At their peak, the Celtic peoples inhabited a vast area of Europe, Great Britain, and Ireland. As non-literates, they have left no written record of their lives, their beliefs, and the stories which were such an important part of their culture; however, contemporary commentators from the Classical world, later Christian scribes recording oral traditions, and the archaeological evidence can give us fascinating, though fragmented, glimpses. Dr. Green draws on all these sources to discuss the myths and the religious beliefs and ritual which she believes inform them.” -Publisher

Contents: How do we know about Celtic myths? — The divine race of Ireland — Myths of the Ulster Cycle — Some early Welsh myths — The divine lovers — The sky and sun myths — Fertility, land and water — Animals in cult and myth — Druids, sacrifice, and ritual — Death, rebirth, and the Otherworld

The Norse Myths

Crossley-Holland, Kevin
Pantheon 1980        Dewey Dec.   936

Here are thirty two classic Norse myths that bring the ancient Viking world to life. Beautifully retold by Kevin Crossley-Holland, these tales vividly depict the courage, cruelty, and passions that were the hallmarks of the old
Norse world.
“Crossley-Holland retells the Norse myths in clear, attractive prose. …An excellent introduction, notes and a glossary provide mythological and historical backgrounds and suggest parallels with myths in other parts of the world.” -Denver Post

Gods and Myths of the Viking Age

Davidson, H.R. Ellis
Bell 1981        Dewey Dec.   936

Contents: Introduction. The myth-makers ; The sources of our knowledge ; New light on the myths — The world of the northern gods. The Prose Edda ; The gods and their world ; Thor and the giants ; The doom of the gods ; The giants and the dwarfs ; Myths outside the Prose Edda — The gods of battle. Odin, lord of hosts ; The Germanic war gods ; The Valkyries of Odin ; The Berserks of Odin ; The worship of the war god — The thunder god. Thor in the myths ; The temples of Thor ; The hammer of Thor ; The god of the sky ; Thor and his adversaries — The gods of peace and plenty. The deity in the wagon ; Freyr, god of plenty ; Companions of Freyr ; The mother goddess ; The goddess Freyja ; The power of the Vanir — The god of the sea. Aegir and Ran ; Njord, god of ships ; The depths of the sea — The gods of the dead. Odin and Mercury ; Odin as a shaman ; The realm of Odin ; The burial mound ; Thor and the dead ; The dragon and the dead — The enigmatic gods. Bragi and Idun ; Mimir and Hoenir ; The twin gods ; Forseti ; Heimdall ; Loki ; Balder — The beginning and the end. The world tree ; The creation of the world ; The end of the world — Conclusion : The passing of the old gods

Scandinavian Mythology

Davidson, H.R. Ellis
Hamlyn 1969        Dewey Dec.   936

“The religion of Odin, god of death and magic, of Thor, ruler of the thunder, of Freyr, god of fertility, the tales of Valkyries and berserks, of dragons and giants—all are often thought of as being the creation of the Vikings. These brave adventurers roamed the world from Greenland to the Volga and from the Mediterranean to the North American coast during the ninth and tenth centuries. Certainly the religion of the Northern gods reached its highest point of devotion and fervour during this period. But the mythology of Scandinavia, Germany and Iceland can be traced back as far as the Bronze Age. The development of the myths over so many centuries and in various lands in itself makes a fascinating story, and indeed one for which evidence is continually being sought and found.” -Publisher

Celtic Goddesses: Warriors, Virgins and Mothers

Green, Miranda J.
Braziller 1996        Dewey Dec.   936

“Celtic goddesses presided over war, nature, animals, healing and fertility. Considerable recent interest has been focused on the role of goddesses in ancient societies, though not always with a clear eye on the actual source material. This book, written by one of the leading scholars of Celtic myth and religion, examines the significance of the female in Celtic belief and ritual as expressed in surviving archaeological remains and written sources.” -Publisher

Contents: Women in Celtic society – Goddesses of war – The divine female in Welsh myth – Sovereignty, sexuality and the otherworld in Irish myth – Water-Goddesses, healers and mothers – Love, marriage and partnership among the Goddesses – Priestess, prophetess and Witch – Mistress of the beasts – From Goddess to saint

The Power of Gold: The History of an Obsession

Bernstein, Peter L.
Wiley 2000        Dewey Dec.    398

The author “recounts the magical, religious, and artistic qualities of gold and moves through the invention of coins, the transformation of gold into money, and the history of the gold standard.” -Libr J

A Treasury of American Folklore: Stories, Ballads, and Traditions of the American People

Botkin, Benjamin A., ed.
Crown 1944        Dewey Dec.    398

Around 500 stories are collected in this 900-page volume.

Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid: the Book of Scary Urban Legends

Brunvald, Jan Harold
Norton 2004        Dewey Dec.    398

A collection of over ninety frightening urban legends, arranged by theme.

Folklore: a Study and Research Guide

Brunvald, Jan Harold
St. Martin’s Press 1976        Dewey Dec.    398

World Folktales

Clarkson, Atelia and Cross, Gilbert B.
Scribner 1980        Dewey Dec.    398

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The Female Hero in Folklore and Legend

Coffin, Tristram P.
Pocket 1978        Dewey Dec.    398

Folklore of American Holidays

Cohen, Hennig and Coffin, Tristram P., eds.
Thomson Gale 1998        Dewey Dec.    398

From My People: 400 Years of African American Folklore

Dance, Daryl Cumber
Norton 2002        Dewey Dec.    398

A celebration of African American life and culture brings together four hundred years of folklore, traditional tales, recipes, proverbs, legends, folk songs, and folk art.

African Folklore

Dorson, Richard M.
Anchor 1972        Dewey Dec.    398

Part II contains papers originally presented at a conference on African folklore, held July 16-18, 1970, Folklore Institute, Indiana University

Folk Legends of Japan

Dorson, Richard M.
Tuttle 1961        Dewey Dec.    398

Folklore Research Around the World: a North American Point of View

Dorson, Richard M., ed.
Indiana University Press 1961        Dewey Dec.    398

Folktales Told Around the World

Dorson, Richard M.
University of Chicago 1978        Dewey Dec.    398

Folklore, Memoirs, and other Writings

Hurston, Zora Neale
Library of America 1995        Dewey Dec.    398

“This is the first time the unexpurgated version of Hurston’s 1942 autobiography, ‘Dust Tracks on the Road’, is being published; sections deemed too provocative (dealing with politics, race, and sex) have been restored. ‘Mules and Men’ (1935) is a collection of African American folklore she gleaned on travels in the South, while ‘Tell My Horse’ (1938) tenders her personal findings on African-based religion in Jamaica and Haiti. Additionally, 22 magazine and book articles with anthropological themes . . . that have never been gathered into book form are corralled here.” -Booklist

Sweet and Sour: Tales from China

Kendall, Carol and Yao-wenLi
Clarion 1978        Dewey Dec.    398

A collection of tales from various periods of Chinese history
Rare bargain — Clever wife — Ten jugs of wine — Logic — Living Kuan-Yin — Thief who kept his hands clean — Serpent-slayer — From bad to good to bad to good — Wine bibber — Old fuddlement — Bagged wolf — Pointing finger — Unanswerable — Kertong — One hairball — Thievery — Betrothal — Clod’s comb — Golden life — Piebald calf — Stewed, roasted, or live? — Noodle — Monk and the drunk — Coffin cash

Encyclopedia of Asian American Folklore and Folklife

Lee, Jonathan H.X. and Nadeau, Kathleen M., eds.
ABC-CLIO 2011        Dewey Dec.    398

“Provides an illuminating overview of Asian American folklore as a way of life. Surveying the histories, peoples, and cultures of numerous Asian American ethnic and cultural groups, the work covers everything from ancient Asian folklore, folktales, and folk practices that have been transmitted and transformed in America …” -Publisher

The Dictionary of Folklore

Leeming, David Adams, ed.
Franklin Watts 2002        Dewey Dec.    398

150+ short entries, mainly for younger readers or for quick reference.

The Vampire Book: The Encyclopedia of the Undead

Melton, J. Gordon
Visible Ink 2011        Dewey Dec.    398

“This vampire lore tome covers legends from around the world, both classical and current, presenting an overview of the historical, literary, mythological, biographical, and popular aspects of vampires, . . , This book is an excellent and comprehensive addition to any collection serving readers interested in learning more about the vampire in time, place, and society. Aficionados of vampires in popular culture will enjoy it.” -Libr J


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