Legends of the World

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  • Hardcover
  • 432 pages
  • Legends of the World
  • Richard Cavendish
  • English
  • 14 March 2018
  • 9781566194624

Legends of the WorldLegends 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 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

10 thoughts on “Legends of the World

  1. Tim Pendry 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    Although probably out of date in terms of latest scholarship it was published in 1982 , this is a sound reference work covering the world s legendary not historical or mythological heritage.I 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 work.The Editor Richard Cavendish has competently drawn together over 30 contributing experts to provide quick summaries of legends from every continent Perhaps only Africa is under represented.The 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 bandits.There 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 book.There 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 power.The woodcut illustrations by Eric Fraser are very attractive additions.

  2. Kione says:

    this is what i m reading in between other books.kind of cool8 11 I don t think I ll ever finish reading this book because I always refer to this book for one thing or another.But, I m just going to post it as read to get it off my list.

  3. Dave Peticolas says:

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