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Owain Glyndwr in Welsh Tradition

National Redeemer: Owain Glyndwr in Welsh Tradition Amy Hale National Redeemer: Owain Glyndwr in Welsh Tradition. By Elissa R. Henken. Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 1996. pbk. 19.95 [pounds sterling] 250pp. ISBN 0 7083 1290 X It is a rare hero who can continue to captivate a people for over six hundred years. Owain Glyndwr […]

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The Restless Dead, Wizards and Spirit Beings

Russian Peasant Beliefs and Practices Concerning Death and the Supernatural Collected in Novosokol’niki Region, Pskov Province, Russia, 1995. Part I: The Restless Dead, Wizards and Spirit Beings Elizabeth A. Warner Abstract Fieldwork in a remote area of rural Russia, a rare opportunity for an ethnographer from western Europe, provided the basic material for this article. […]

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Fairy Tales, Sexuality and Gender in France. – Review

Fairy Tales, Sexuality and Gender in France. – Review – book reviews Ruth Glass Fairy Tales, Sexuality and Gender in France. By Lewis C. Seifert. Cambridge Studies in French. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996. 37.50 [pounds sterling]. ISBN 0 521 55005 Over recent years fairytales, individually and as a genre, have provided the material for […]

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John Lorne Campbell, 1906-1996 – folklorist

John Lorne Campbell, 1906-1996 – folklorist – Obituary D. Ellis Evans The death of Dr John Lorne Campbell on 25 April 1996 has robbed the scholarly world of folklore studies of one of its most gifted, robust, fiercely independent and kindly friends. His voluminous work on Scottish Gaelic oral tradition and Highland and Hebridean history […]

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Sites, sacredness, and stories: interactions of archaeology and contemporary paganism

Sites, sacredness, and stories: interactions of archaeology and contemporary paganism Robert J. Wallis Abstract Folklore has, until very recently, been at the fringes of archaeological research. Post-processual archaeology has promoted plurality in interpretation, however, and archaeology more widely is required to make itself relevant to contemporary society; so, contemporary folkloric practices vis-a-vis archaeological remains are […]

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Shamans. Siberian Spirituality and the Western Imagination

Shamans. Siberian Spirituality and the Western Imagination Jonathan Roper Shamans. Siberian Spirituality and the Western Imagination. By Ronald Hutton. London: Hambledon, 2001. 220 pp. 16.95 [pounds sterling] (hbk). ISBN 1-85295-324-7 In this thorough study, Ronald Hutton, best known as an iconoclastic historian of early modern England, turns his critical eye on the figure of the […]

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Bede’s Caedmon, “The Man Who Had No Story”

Bede’s Caedmon, “The Man Who Had No Story” John D. Niles Abstract Although various analogues have been cited to Bede’s account of the poet Caedmon, none are very close. The plot of a tale well known in modern Irish and Scottish tradition, however, “The Man Who Had No Story” (Irish type 2412B), resembles the first […]

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The association of the Lady and the Unicorn, and the hunting mythology of the Caucasus

The association of the Lady and the Unicorn, and the hunting mythology of the Caucasus – Research Article David Hunt Abstract Written evidence from the hunting folk literature of the Caucasus is presented together with the suggestion that the origin of the unicorn lies in hunting mythology and that remnants of it are to be […]

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folk performance and civil religion at royal visits

“The real Royalists”: folk performance and civil religion at royal visits Anne Rowbottom Introduction In the study of cultures other than our own, high levels of interest (whether positive or negative) are taken as indicators of a culturally significant phenomenon worthy of serious investigation (Ortner 1979). Somewhat surprisingly in our own culture, despite the high […]

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Postmodern Fairy Tales: Gender and Narrative Strategies. – Review

Postmodern Fairy Tales: Gender and Narrative Strategies. – Review – book review W.F.H. Nicolaisen Postmodern Fairy Tales: Gender and Narrative Strategies. By Cristina Bacchilega. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1997. xi + 208 pp. ISBN 0-8122-3392-1 The book under review should be de rigueur for all those who regard folk cultural phenomena as unworthy of […]