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The Soul Would Have No Rainbow If the Eyes Had No Tears
Zona, Guy A.
Drawn from copious research and correspondence with Native American leaders and other tribal sources, these time-honored truths represent the collected experience and wisdom of a culture and offer a universal message to all.
A fresh retelling of the ancient texts about Ishtar, the world's first goddess. Illustrated with visual artifacts of the period.
Bird Girl and The Man Who Followed the Sun
Rooted in the legends of Alaska's Athabaskan Indians, this novel of two rebels teaches that the search for individualism often comes at a high price but can be the foundation for finding true wisdom. When Bird Girl, an independent young hunter, is ordered to marry and conform to her tribe's traditional role for women, she decides instead to leave the tribe. The other rebel, a young man named Daagoo, is a restless dreamer who leaves Alaska to journey south in search of the legendary Land of the Sun. Following their hearts, Bird Girl and Daagoo wander far from their culture's deeply held traditions and eventually must find a way to come home again. SC, 224 pages.
Two Old Women (20th Anniversary Edition)
Based on an Athabascan Indian legend passed along for many generations from mothers to daughters of the upper Yukon River Valley in Alaska, this is the suspenseful, shocking, ultimately inspirational tale of two old women abandoned by their tribe during a brutal winter famine. Though these women have been known to complain more than contribute, they now must either survive on their own or die trying. In simple but vivid detail, Velma Wallis depicts a landscape and way of life that are at once merciless and starkly beautiful. In her old women, she has created two heroines of steely determination whose story of betrayal, friendship, community, and forgiveness "speaks straight to the heart with clarity, sweetness, and wisdom" (Ursula K. Le Guin).
This stunning compendium brings you into the magical realm of the unicorn, a world resplendent with myth, lore, majesty, romance, and lush natural beauty.Gorgeous fine art, photographs and illustrations, essays, do-it-yourself projects, entertaining tips, and recipes provide hours of reading, viewing, and musing pleasure for unicorn fans and aficionados as well as those who aspire to make his rare acquaintance.
Segal, Robert A. (Edt)
Sail through these fifty 30-second legends to discover what Hercules did to deserve his twelve labours, why Odysseus took ten years to travel 500 miles, and how Narcissus found the love of his life. Full of gods and goddesses, heroes and monsters, story locations and the great storytellers, this book is the fastest way to get up to speed with the world of Greek and Roman mythology. So much modern culture traces its origins back to Greek and Roman mythology (witness 2010’s Clash of the Titans and Percy Jackson and the Olympians). The stories provide wonderful references to make your conversation more heroic and lift your imagination closer to the gods. Each idea, no matter how complex, is explained in just two pages, 300 words, and one picture, making this the quickest way to understand the tragic tales and their modern legacies: from the Oedipus Complex to the Narcissus Syndrome.The bestselling 30-Second series offers a new approach to learning about those subjects you feel you should really understand. Every title takes a popular topic and dissects it into the 50 most significant ideas at its heart, explained in just two pages that are easily digested in only half a minute.
Sedgwick, Marcus (Introduced by)
Discover what happened to the boy who cried wolf! Many of these fables are so well known they have given us everyday phrases such as 'sour grapes' and 'dog in the manger'. But even the rarer ones seem familiar, because their simple morals reflect all aspects of human nature. From the tortoise and the hare to the mouse and the lion, the timeless wisdom and wit of Aesop's fables are as entertaining as ever.
Gods, Heroes and Men of Ancient Greece
First published in 1934, Gods, Heroes and Men of Ancient Greece has become one of the most popular, enduring - and captivating - retelling of the ancient myths for modern readers. Recognizing the sheer entertainment value of these timeless adventures, world renowned classical scholar W.H.D. Rouse delighted his students at the Perse School in Cambridge, England, with a conversational style and childlike wonder that made the legends come alive - a rare storytelling gift that continues to engage young and old alike.
Stuff Unicorns Love
Moore, Jessie Oleson
A whimsical, humorous imagining of what unicorns really think and what they truly love - including recipes for unicorn food, crafts, and the history of these mythical creatures.Glitter. Sparkles. Rainbows and shimmering manes. Sure, unicorns are magical, and their reputations have taken the world by storm, but how much do we know about what unicorns really think? What’s their favorite cookie? What about their favorite color? Would they really drink that pastel milkshake you found on Pinterest?They sure would!In Stuff Unicorns Love, you’ll get a guided tour of unicorns’ most treasured things straight from a unicorn’s mouth - from food recipes and crafts to beauty tips and their favorite activities.Learn the truth about these adorable (and painfully honest) creatures, as well as the facts behind their origins. With illustrations and tons of fascinating unicorn facts throughout, this is a perfect gift for unicorn lovers of all ages.
Epic Baby Names for Girls: Fierce and Feisty Heroines, from Ancient Myths to Modern Legends
The definitive guide for parents looking to give their daughters unique, beautiful names inspired by legend, mythology, and modern-day heroes.Parents today are looking for names as unique as their children. And the popularity of fantasy worlds and series, from Harry Potter to Game of Thrones, has added a dash of magic to the naming process. From ancient mythology to modern pop culture, the names for baby girls in this volume are imbued with spiritual, mystical - even otherworldly - history and meaning. Each name taps into its own unique feminine power, conjuring an indomitable spirit who made her name known to the world.In Epic Baby Names for Girls, journalist Melanie Mannarino offers entries that introduce various namesake magical characters/historical figures, a history of the name itself, and alternate spellings/variations. She also includes interesting tidbits, such as when the name surged in popularity (say, after a movie came out). This book is the must-have guide for any parent looking to give their daughter a strong, heroic name - and the perfect gift for feminist parents-to-be.
The Wizard of Us: Transformational Lessons from Oz
More than magic can be found in Oz. Answer the call to transform yourself and your world. The beloved story The wizard of Oz has the power to reveal the Hero's Journey that awaits each of us. Through a mythic lens, discover how Dorothy's adventure in a magical land inspires our lives today, offering valuable tools to guide us through our challenging times. Where you will learn to thrive rather than merely to survive.Through interpreting the deeper messages within The Wizard of Oz, visionary leader and teacher Jean Houston leads you along the Hero's Journey that awaits each of us. On this profound adventure of self-discovery and awakened potential, Houston's lessons propel you into greater self-understanding and a connection to the larger world story as you explore Oz like never before.
Classical Gods and Heroes
Hendricks, Rhoda A.
All the wonder, terror and delight of Greek mythology springs forth from the pages of this unique and much-needed anthology. Rhonda Hendricks has not only selected from the works of the ancient authors the best - and often earliest - versions of these tales; she has also arranged them so as to give a cumulative view of classical mythology beginning with The Creation and The Birth of Zeus. Of particular interest are: The Ages of Mankind, The Birth of Athena, Oedipus the King, Heracles, Theseus, Jason and Medea, The Judgement of Paris, The Trojan Horse, Pygmalion, and Cupid and Psyche. These texts offer a new perspective on classical mythology and, by so doing, cast a new light on this cornerstone of Western culture.
Since its original publication by Little, Brown and Company in 1942, Edith Hamilton's Mythology has sold millions of copies throughout the world and established itself as a perennial bestseller in its various available formats: hardcover, trade paperback, mass market paperback, and e-book. Mythology succeeds like no other book in bringing to life for the modern reader the Greek, Roman, and Norse myths and legends that are the keystone of Western culture - the stories of gods and heroes that have inspired human creativity from antiquity to the present.
Mythology succeeds like no other book in bringing to life for the modern reader the Greek, Roman, and Norse myths and legends that are the keystone of Western culture - the stories of gods and heroes that have inspired human creativity from antiquity to the present.
Lion's Honey: The Myth of Samson
A consideration of one of the Bible’s most powerful stories from a leading Israeli writer. In this fascinating reexamination of the story of Samson, David Grossman goes beyond the surface of the familiar tale to look into what the life of this extraordinary man must have been like. What it felt like to have been "chosen" to release his people from the yoke of the Philistines, and yet alienated from them by his very otherness; what moved him to his acts of wild vandalism and his self-destructive passions; why he chose to keep some things secret, but not the most significant secret of all. We are left with the troubling knowledge that Samson bore too heavy a burden even for a man of his supernatural strength to bear alone.
The Wild Things
Max is a rambunctious eight-year-old whose world is changing around him: His father is absent, his mother is increasingly distracted, and his teenage sister has outgrown him. Sad and angry, Max dons his wolf suit and makes terrible, ruinous mischief, flooding his sister's room and driving his mother half-crazy. Convinced his family doesn't want him anymore, Max flees home, finds a boat and sails away. Arriving on an island, he meets strange and giant creatures who rage and break things, who trample and scream. These beasts do everything Max feels inside, and so, Max appoints himself their king. Here, on a magnificent adventure with these funny and complex monsters, Max can be the wildest thing of all. In this visionary adaptation of Maurice Sendak's classic work, Dave Eggers brings an imaginary world vividly to life, telling the story of a lonely boy navigating the emotional journey away from boyhood.
Leprechauns: The Myths, Legends, & Lore
Explore the magic, mischief, and mystery behind Ireland’s most iconic and beloved mythical creature: the leprechaun. Leprechauns have been at the heart of Irish culture for years, capturing our hearts and minds alike - but how much do we really know about the leprechaun, anyway? Often depicted as a little bearded man who partakes in mischief, no one knows if he is a fallen angel, diminished god, or son of fairies? What does he do all day? And what’s the story behind that hidden pot of gold?In Leprechauns, prominent folklorist Bob Curran looks at the origins of this hero of Irish lore. He explores the superstitions surrounding the leprechaun and his enduring place in popular culture, and turns the spotlight on the “real” leprechaun - enigmatic, complex, and contradictory.The perfect read for St. Patrick’s Day - or any time you wish to delve into the thrilling world of a timeless legend—Leprechauns is an essential addition to the collection of all lovers of myth and folklore.
Fire in the Head: Shamanism and the Celtic Spirit
A lyrical exploration of shamanism and Celtic tradition that explores various myths, tales, shamanic techniques, and cross-cultural connections. Within this retelling, Cowan outlines the techniques used to access the shaman's world. Cowan coauthored How to Tap into Your Own Genius.
Classical Mythology Book (The Everything, 2nd Edition)
Romance, betrayal, passion, tragedy, violence, and scandal. No, it's not the latest reality TV search for love--it's classical mythology.For years, people have turned to the ancient Greek and Roman myths for entertaining reading, unbelievable storylines, unique characters, and unparalleled drama. This guide explains the great stories and how they still influence literature, entertainment, and everyday life. From heroes and heroines to monsters and villains, this entertaining guide covers it all. Inside, you will learn how:• The Greeks defeated the Titans• Odysseus tricked the Cyclops• Hercules accomplished the twelve labors• Peruses slew Medusa• The Greeks bested the Trojans• Hades abducted Persephone• Bellerophon killed the ChimeraWith an easy reference chart of the gods and goddesses and their interrelations, this action-packed book helps you bring classical mythology to life!
The Book of Gods & Goddesses: A Visual Directory of Ancient and Modern Deities
From the classical world to the contemporary era, here is the ultimate reference to more than 400 major deities from around the globe. Lavishly illustrated, it includes inspiring facts and features, maps and mythology, and information on familiar and lesser-known figures.
An investigation into the symbol of Native heritage. In Ojibwe (or Chippewa in the United States) culture a dream catcher is a hand-crafted willow hoop with woven netting that is decorated with sacred and personal items such as feathers and beads. The Native American tradition of making dream catchers--hoops hung by the Ojibwe on their children's cradleboards to "catch" bad dreams--is rich in history and tradition. Although the exact genesis of this intriguing artifact is unknown, legend has it that a medicine woman forms a circle from a willow branch and, with sinew, borrows the pattern from a spider, weaves a web, and hangs it over the bed of a sick child who recovers by morning. In some versions dream catchers catch good dreams and let bad ones through, while others catch bad dreams and let good dreams through. This legend accompanies dream catchers offered for sale across North America and beyond. These themes, among others, are carried throughout this book which explores the appropriation of dream catchers by Native Americans of different nations, as well as the New Age movement. Dream Catchers also discusses the blending of two religious philosophies whereby Native and Christian icons are mixed. More than 40 color photographs feature contemporary dream catchers and artifacts with informative captions that identify and comment on the different patterns, their significance and history. Dream Catchers features the work of Native artist Nick Huard who creates dream catchers in his studio in Kahnawake outside of Montreal.
Beat the Story Drum, Pum-Pum
A collection of African tales, one about a man with bad habits, and three animal stories involving a frog and a hen, a cow and an elephant, a frog and a snake, and a rabbit.
Unicorns: The Myths, Legends, & Lore
An enchanting treasury of unicorn lore!For thousands of years, unicorns have captured hearts, minds, and imaginations with their whimsical, mischievous spirit. This enchanting collection invites you to leap into their magical world and surround yourself in the tales that capture their power and beauty. Filled with dozens of magnificent illustrations, each page brings your favorite mythical creature to life right before your eyes--shimmering mane and all.So get ready for a magic-filled adventure--Unicorns takes you on a journey you won't soon forget.
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