Some Folk-Lore and Legends of Birds

Author: Canon J. W. Horsley

Publisher: Read Books Ltd

ISBN: 1473344107

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 54

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This charming volume aimed at children explores the folklore that surrounds some of the more common birds, including the sparrow, owl, and magpie. Profusely-illustrated and written in simple, plain language, "Some Folk-Lore and Legends of Birds" is ideal for children with an interest in birds and nature, and it would make for a worthy addition to any family collection. Contents include: "Robin Redbreast", "Nightingale", "The Wren", "The Swallow", "The Sparrow", "The Cross-bill", "The Magpie", "The Raven", "The Woodpecker", "The Kingfisher", "The Hoopoe", "The Cuckoo", "The Owl", "The Golden Plover", "The Peewit", "The Wood-pigeon", etc. Many vintage books such as this are becoming increasingly scarce and expensive. We are republishing this volume now in an affordable, modern, high-quality addition complete with the original text and artwork.

Guyana Legends

Folk Tales of the Indigenous Amerindians

Author: Odeen Ishmael

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 9781465356703

Category: Fiction

Page: 212

View: 4466

Guyana Legends—Folk Tales of the Indigenous Amerindians By Odeen Ishmael G uyana Legends—Folk Tales of the Indigenous Amerindians is a collection of fifty folk tales of the first people to inhabit Guyana and the contiguous regions of the north coast of the South American continent. Very little is known of Amerindian history in Guyana before the arrival of European settlers in the early seventeenth century and, actually, no written form of their languages existed until about seventy years ago. Indeed, much of the history of the Amerindians people is based on oral traditions which are not quite clear because the periods when important events occurred are difficult to place. Still, native oral traditions are very rich in folk stories of the ancestral heroes and heroines of these indigenous people. Some of these folk stories have varying versions among the nine different language groups—or tribes— that comprise the Amerindian population of Guyana. Such a difference is illustrated in this book which presents two different tales of how fire was acquired and various versions of the legend of two immortal folk heroes, the bothers Makonaima and Pia. This present collection of Amerindian legends was compiled over a lengthy period of many years during which I listened to and collected versions of these tales from elderly Amerindians in various regions of Guyana, and more recently from Amerindian residents of the Delta Amacuro region of Venezuela, on the frontier with Guyana. Significantly, most of these legends were also summarised since the late nineteenth century by a succession of writers, including Everard F. im Thurn, W.H. Brett, Walter Roth and Leonard Lambert. But it is significant to note that those versions—by no means original—which were related by those writers of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries have undergone some changes with the passing years, and new characters have been added to them. Since Amerindians of the North West District of Guyana are ethnologically and culturally related to those in the eastern regions of Venezuela, particularly the Delta Amacuro region, it is noteworthy that the myths and legends of those Venezuelan Amerindians bear close similarities to those of their Guyanese counterparts. Interestingly, the Guajiro people—Amerindians of Arawak background living in north-west Venezuela near to Lake Maracaibo—also have some folk-tales that closely resemble those of their “relatives” living in the North-West District of Guyana and the Delta Amacuro region of Venezuela. For further information, the writings of Venezuelan researchers, Cesaréo de Armellada, Maria Manuela de Cora and Michel Perrin are recommended. It is essential to note too that an important character in Amerindian legend is “Tiger”. While there are a number of tigers in the stories—and generally they are all villains—these animals, however, are not part of the fauna in Guyana or the entire American continent. What is generally referred to as a “tiger” is the large spotted jaguar. And the “black tiger”, mentioned in one of the stories in this book, is the large South American puma. Twenty of the folk tales included in this collection appear in my earlier book, Amerindian Legends of Guyana, published in 1995. However, they have now been revised and, in some cases, retitled. Among the thirty other stories are those of two clever tricksters in Amerindian folklore, the lazy but sly Konehu and the wily rabbit, Koneso. Readers will find these legends of the original inhabitants of Guyana informative in the anthropological sense, in addition to being interesting and entertaining at the same time.

Birds of Algonquin Legend

Author: Robert E. Nichols

Publisher: University of Michigan Press

ISBN: 9780472106110

Category: Social Science

Page: 149

View: 6135

A linking of legend, language, and natural history, which supplies one of the few literary appreciations of the oral literature of the Algonquin peoples

A Dictionary of English and Folk-Names of British Birds - With Their History, Meaning and First Usage - And the Folk Lore, Weather Lore, Legends, E.T.C. Relating to the More Familiar Species

Author: H. Swann

Publisher: READ BOOKS

ISBN: 9781445503905

Category: Nature

Page: 294

View: 4754

Originally published in 1913. This fascinating book contains detailed information on nearly 5000 bird names, including provincial, local and dialect names indicating the locality and meaning where possible. The Welsh, Gaelic, Cornish and some Irish names have also been added. Many of the earliest bird books, particularly those dating back to the 1900s and before, are now extremely scarce and increasingly expensive. Home Farm Books are republishing many of these classic works in affordable, high quality, modern editions, using the original text and artwork.


America's Living Legends of Giant Birds

Author: Mark A. Hall,Mark Lee Rollins

Publisher: Cosimo, Inc.

ISBN: 1605203491

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 206

View: 5126

In this compelling compilation of evidence, researcher Mark Hall presents the case for terrifying, monstrous bird that has roamed our continents since the days of the ancient legends of the Thunderbird. Some very large birds are being sighted in the skies over North America. Described as an enormous black bird with a white ring around its long neck and a wingspan of up to 20 feet and more, this giant bird of prey has been sighted from Alaska, Canada, and the Pacific Northwest, and into the Midwest, Appalachia, and Pennsylvania. The accounts are puzzling and hard to believe yet eyewitnesses swear by what they saw. Evidence from around the world indicates that our ancestors knew and feared the bird, which can carry away small children and animals.


Folklore and legends from the Emerald Isle

Author: Jeremiah Curtin

Publisher: Abela Publishing Ltd

ISBN: 1907256083

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 280

View: 3193

Myths and Folklore of Ireland is the first of many works published by the renowned American translator Jeremiah Curtin. The volume is comprised of twenty-three Irish myths, in which the the legends of Fin MacCumhail feature prominently. While the collection includes tales of Kings, Queens, princes, and princesses, it also tells stories of tailors' sons, fishermen, and many other normal folks who make good in the most surprising circumstances. More given to legend than fairy, Myths and Folklore of Ireland is better suited to adult readers than children. A percentage of the profits from this book will be donated to the Prince's Trust for education scholarships for the underprivileged.

Folk-Lore and Legends: Scandinavian

Author: Anonymous

Publisher: Library of Alexandria

ISBN: 1613106831


Page: 0

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There was once a farmer who was master of one of the little black dwarfs that are the blacksmiths and armourers, and he got him in a very curious way. On the road leading to this farmer's ground there stood a stone cross, and every morning as he went to his work he used to stop and kneel down before this cross, and pray for some minutes. On one of these occasions he noticed on the cross a pretty, bright insect, of such a brilliant hue that he could not recollect having ever before seen the like in an insect. He wondered greatly at this, but still he did not disturb it. The insect did not remain long quiet, but ran without ceasing backwards and forwards upon the cross, as if it was in pain and wanted to get away. Next morning the farmer again saw the very same insect, and again it was running to and fro in the same state of uneasiness. The farmer began now to have some suspicions about it, and thought to himself Would this now be one of the little black enchanters It runs about just like one that has an evil conscience, as one that would, but cannot, get away. A variety of thoughts and conjectures passed through his mind, and he remembered what he had often heard from his father and other old people, that when any of the underground people chance to touch anything holy they are held fast and cannot quit the spot, and so they are extremely careful to avoid all such things.

Indigenous Knowledge and the Environment in Africa and North America

Author: David M. Gordon,Shepard Krech III

Publisher: Ohio University Press

ISBN: 0821444115

Category: Nature

Page: 368

View: 8960

Indigenous knowledge has become a catchphrase in global struggles for environmental justice. Yet indigenous knowledges are often viewed, incorrectly, as pure and primordial cultural artifacts. This collection draws from African and North American cases to argue that the forms of knowledge identified as “indigenous” resulted from strategies to control environmental resources during and after colonial encounters. At times indigenous knowledges represented a “middle ground” of intellectual exchanges between colonizers and colonized; elsewhere, indigenous knowledges were defined through conflict and struggle. The authors demonstrate how people claimed that their hybrid forms of knowledge were communal, religious, and traditional, as opposed to individualist, secular, and scientific, which they associated with European colonialism. Indigenous Knowledge and the Environment offers comparative and transnational insights that disturb romantic views of unchanging indigenous knowledges in harmony with the environment. The result is a book that informs and complicates how indigenous knowledges can and should relate to environmental policy-making. Contributors: David Bernstein, Derick Fay, Andrew H. Fisher, Karen Flint, David M. Gordon, Paul Kelton, Shepard Krech III, Joshua Reid, Parker Shipton, Lance van Sittert, Jacob Tropp, James L. A. Webb, Jr., Marsha Weisiger

Writings on Irish Folklore, Legend and Myth

Author: William Yeats

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 014196099X

Category: Social Science

Page: 496

View: 7233

This collection brings together all of W. B. Yeats’s published prose writings on Irish folklore, legend and myth, with pieces on subjects including ghosts, kidnappers, fairies, ancient tribes, precious stones and Gaelic love songs. Through his researches on Irish folklore, Yeats attempted to create a movement in literature that was enriched by and rooted in a vital native tradition. In this volume Yeats’s essays, introductions and sketches are presented chronologically, giving a clear picture of how his analysis developed, increasing in its depth and complexity in his quest to create an Ireland of the imagination.

THE STORY OF SIKULUME - A Xhosa legend from South Africa

Baba Indaba Children's Stories - Issue 277

Author: Anon E. Mouse

Publisher: Abela Publishing Ltd


Category: Comics & Graphic Novels

Page: 30

View: 1154

ISSN: 2397-9607 Issue 277 In this 277th issue of the Baba Indaba’s Children's Stories series, Baba Indaba narrates the Xhosa tale, “The Story of Sikulume.” ONCE upon a time, long, long ago in the land of the Xhosa, on Africa’s East Coast, there was once in a certain village in South Africa an old man who was very poor. He had no children, and only a few cattle. One day, when the sky was clear and the sun was bright, he sat down by the cattle-fold. While he was sitting there, he noticed some birds close by which were singing very joyfully. He listened for a while, and then he stood up to observe them better, They were very beautiful to look upon, and they sang differently from other birds. He tells the chief who interprets what he has seen as an omen. The chief then sets seven boys, including his own son, the task of catching the birds, saying that they should not return unless they have their bird with them. The boys set off on their task and that’s when things begin to happen. What happened to the boys you ask? Also, were the birds magic? And what of the Inabulele, which translates as “the one who kills”, the river monster that kills all who cross it’s path? Will any of the boys fall foul of this dreaded beast whilst on their quest? To find out, you’ll have to download and read the story for yourself. BUY ANY 4 BABA INDABA CHILDREN’S STORIES FOR ONLY $1 33% of the profit from the sale of this book will be donated to charities. INCLUDES LINKS TO DOWNLOAD 8 FREE STORIES Each issue also has a "WHERE IN THE WORLD - LOOK IT UP" section, where young readers are challenged to look up a place on a map somewhere in the world. The place, town or city is relevant to the story. HINT - use Google maps. Baba Indaba is a fictitious Zulu storyteller who narrates children's stories from around the world. Baba Indaba translates as "Father of Stories".

Encyclopfdia of Superstitions, Folklore, and the Occult Sciences of the World

Author: Cora Linn Daniels,C. M. Stevans

Publisher: The Minerva Group, Inc.

ISBN: 9781410209153

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 668

View: 6701

Originally published in 1903, this is an excellent source for an historical perspective on superstitions and folklore. Hundreds of entries are arranged alphabetically within broad subject categories. The original subtitle reads: "A comprehensive library of human belief and practice in the mysteries of life through more than six thousand years of experience and progress including the fundamental intuitions and instincts underlying the structure of civilization, theology, mythology, demonology, magic, witchcraft, esoteric philosophy, signs, omens, oracles, sorceries, auguries, divinations, prophecies, methods and means employed in revealing fortune and fate, systems and formulas for the use of psychical forces, hypnotism, clairvoyance, telepathy, spiritualism, character reading and character building with all the known powers and wonders of mind and soul, illustrated with numerous ancient and modern designs and thoroughly indexed."

Wings and Tales

Learning about Birds Through Folklore, Facts, and Fun Activities

Author: Jennifer L. Kroll

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 1598845977

Category: Education

Page: 170

View: 8354

Parents and teachers can use this book to engage children with the world outside by opening their eyes to fascinating common bird species. * Provides 20 bird tales from around the world retold in simple language, perfect for story time or independent reading * Contains over 60 images, including 20 original woodcut-style story illustrations * Includes a "Feathered Fact File" for each bird species covered, containing numerous fun facts designed to pique children's interest in birds * Each chapter provides a discussion or writing prompt, a story-sharing strategy for parents and teachers, and a backyard birding tip * A bibliography lists works cited and consulted as well as additional resource recommendations for parents and teachers * A handy table shows the skills and standards reinforced by each chapter's extension activity at a glance

Strange but True

A Historical Background to Popular Beliefs and Traditions

Author: Monica-Maria Stapelberg

Publisher: Crux Publishing Ltd

ISBN: 1909979139

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 350

View: 1720

Why do we: • Christen ships and sailing vessels or refer to them as ‘she’? • Avoid the number thirteen, breaking mirrors or walking under ladders? • Use the phrase having a ‘skeleton in the cupboard’? • Dress baby boys in blue, speak of ‘true blue’ or ‘blue-blooded’? • Decorate the Christmas Tree or eat Easter Eggs? • Kiss under the mistletoe or 'trick or treat’ on Halloween? In this easy-to-read book – a revised and updated re-publication of her previous book, Curious and Curiouser! – author, lecturer and public speaker, Dr. Monica-Maria Stapelberg, shares the results of her many years of research to uncover the historical background behind numerous commonly-held beliefs and traditions. These range from general popular beliefs to the more specific and enlightening traditions of western culture. Strange but True also brings to light how many of our day-to-day words, phrases and actions are anchored in past ritual or sacrificial observances, or simply based on fearful superstitious notions. This book is a must read for a curious mind!

Giants, Monsters, and Dragons

An Encyclopedia of Folklore, Legend, and Myth

Author: Carol Rose

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 9780393322118

Category: Fiction

Page: 428

View: 2901

Presents short entries on creatures and legends from European, Celtic, and Norse mythology, as well as from African, Asian, Middle Eastern, and Australian traditions.

Hawaiian Legends of Ghosts and Ghost-Gods

Author: William D. Westervelt

Publisher: Tuttle Publishing

ISBN: 1462901360

Category: Religion

Page: 327

View: 7923

“…Of special value to all who are concerned with the study of comparative folklore… an entertaining dip into Hawaiian mythology…For all who enjoy or who study folklore, the republication of these books will be welcomed.” —South China Morning Post Hawaiian Legends of Ghost and Ghost-Gods is a series of richly entertaining Hawaiian folk tales. The legends of the Hawaiian Islands are as diverse as those of any there region in the world. At the same time, although Hawaiian mythology follows the laws upon which all myths are constructed; these legends are entirely distinct in form and thought from those of European origin. Often, of course, there historical foundation that has been dealt with fancifully and enlarged to miraculous proportions. In addition to creating an abundance of attractive nature myths and cycle of legends recounting the exploits of the wonder-working demigod a magically entertaining series of tales about ghost and ghost-gods, and it was from this group of legends that W.D. Westervelt collected and translated the ones that make up the present volume.

History and Ethnography of Africa South of the Zambesi, from the Settlement of the Portuguese at Sofala in September 1505 to the Conquest of the Cape Colony by the British in September 1795

Author: George McCall Theal

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1108023320

Category: History

Page: 542

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George McCall Theal (1837-1919) was a prolific South African historian and civil servant. After working as a missionary between 1875-1880 he was appointed magistrate of Tamacha before taking a position as a clerk in the government and became Keeper of the Cape Colony Archives. He was appointed Colonial Historiographer in 1891. These volumes, first published in 1907, contain Theal's detailed history of South Africa between 1505-1795. Theal discusses the formation of the colony from the first Portuguese conquests, exploring the Dutch colonial establishment and administration. Theal also describes the societies of the various indigenous peoples of South Africa and their relations with the colonists. This volume provides valuable details on the administration of the Dutch colony, and reveals contemporary attitudes to the ideas of history and colonisation. These volumes are reissued from the expanded 1910 edition.

Folk-Tales of Kashmir

Author: J. Hinton Knowles

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136388052

Category: Social Science

Page: 528

View: 1017

First Published in 2000. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Bird Life and Bird Lore

With Illustrations

Author: Reginald Bosworth Smith

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1108055591

Category: Nature

Page: 490

View: 1783

A set of essays from 1905, based on lifelong observation of birds, with scholarly references to birds in literature.