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Fantastic creatures in mythology and folklore : from medieval times to the present day

Author: Juliette Wood
Publisher: London ; New York, NY : Bloomsbury Academic, 2018.
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Drawing on historical sources, myth and folklore, Fantastic Creatures in Mythology and Folklore explores the roles of fantastical beasts - particularly the unicorn, the mermaid, and the dragon - in a series of thematic chapters organised according to their legendary dwelling place, be this land, sea, or air. Through this original approach, Juliette Wood provides the first study of mythical beasts in history from the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Folklore
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Wood, Juliette.
Fantastic creatures in mythology and folklore. From medieval times to the present day.
London : Bloomsbury Academic 2018
(OCoLC)1031421142
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Juliette Wood
ISBN: 9781441166760 1441166769 9781441130600 1441130608
OCLC Number: 1043948487
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Intro; Title Page; Copyright Page; Contents; List of illustrations; Acknowledgements; Introduction; Sources; Chapter 1: When unicorns walked the earth: A brief history of the unicorn and its fellows; Classical accounts; Biblical unicorns; The unicorn and the lady; Fighting unicorns; Medical unicorns and the curative power of a spiral horn; The 'Truth behind the Myth'; The unicorn's survival; The sea unicorn and the corpse whale; The eco-narwhal and the atheist unicorn; Man-eaters and half men; Conclusion; Chapter 2: Lingering in sea caves: The world of the mermaid. Origins: From siren to mermaidContinuity and adaptation; Sedna, the sea woman; Serek-A the mermaid; The Boto and the Aumakua, shape-shifters and ancestors; Jumanja, Lasirène and Mami Wata; Mermaids and the landscape; Mermaids in art; Mermaid spectacles: Theatre, film, music; Marine life and mythic perception; The whale, the dolphin and the sea serpent; Whales as bringers of knowledge; Dolphins; Sea serpents and sea monsters; Conclusion; Chapter 3: Things with wings: The creatures of the air; Harpies and sirens; The griffin and its kin; Winged horses and the hippogriff.
Responsibility: Juliette Wood.

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The first book to explore mythical beasts in history and how these fantastical creatures are transformed in modern legends and folklore.  Read more...

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