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Download Black Cats and Evil Eyes: A book of old-fashioned by Chloe Roads PDF

By Chloe Roads

This assortment investigates the origins of our such a lot fascinating out of date superstitions, a lot of which we nonetheless locate ourselves abiding by means of at the present time. 1000's of the ideals handed down in the course of the generations have their foundations in our ancestors' efforts to beat back evil, which they blamed for problem, disease and injustice in occasions whilst existence was once, as frequently as no longer, 'nasty, brutish and short'. Black Cats and Evil Eyes units those superstitions of their ancient and social context, explaining how worry of the satan, demons, evil spirits and witchcraft drove humans to arm themselves with rituals and talismans to repel darkish forces and make allowance them to reside lengthy and fit lives. In studying lots of our universal superstitions, this booklet illuminates the customs, ideals and practices that hyperlink us to an old, and sometimes darker, human previous.

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Download Dreaming of Cockaigne: Medieval Fantasies of the Perfect by Herman Pleij PDF

By Herman Pleij

Think a dreamland the place roasted pigs wander approximately with knives of their backs to make carving effortless, the place grilled ducks fly without delay into one's mouth, the place cooked fish bounce out of the water and land at one's toes. the elements is usually light, the wine flows freely, intercourse is instantly on hand, and every person take pleasure in everlasting youth.

Such is Cockaigne. Portrayed in legend, oral heritage, and artwork, this imaginary land turned the main pervasive collective dream of medieval times-an earthly paradise that served to counter the discomfort and frustration of day-by-day lifestyles and to allay anxieties approximately an more and more elusive heavenly paradise.

Illustrated with amazing art from the center a long time, Herman Pleij's Dreaming of Cockaigne is a lively account of this misplaced paradise and the area that introduced it to existence. Pleij takes 3 vital texts as his beginning issues for an encouraged of the landscape of rules, desires, well known faith, and literary and creative construction found in the overdue heart a long time. What emerges is a well-defined photo of the period, provided with a wealth of element from all of Europe, in addition to Asia and America.

Pleij attracts upon his thorough wisdom of medieval ecu literature, artwork, background, and folklore to explain the fantasies that fed the stories of Cockaigne and their connections to the important obsessions of medieval existence.

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Download British Folk Tales and Legends: A Sampler (Routledge by Katharine Briggs PDF

By Katharine Briggs

In 1970 Katharine Briggs released in 4 volumes the mammoth and authoritative Dictionary of British Folktales and Legends to vast acclaim. This sampler includes some of the best of these stories and legends. amassed within, readers will locate an extravagance of lovely princesses and stout solid boys, sour-faced witches and kings with hearts of gold. each one story is a masterpiece of storytelling, from the hilarious 'Three Sillies' to the delightfully macabre 'Sammle's Ghost'.

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Download Decoys and Disruptions: Selected Writings, 1975-2001 by Martha Rosler PDF

By Martha Rosler

Decoys and Disruptions is the 1st accomplished choice of writings by means of American artist and critic Martha Rosler. top identified for her movies and images, Rosler has additionally been an unique and influential cultural critic and theorist for over twenty-five years. The writings accrued the following deal with such key issues as documentary images, feminist paintings, video, govt patronage of the arts, censorship, and the way forward for digitally dependent photographic media. Taken jointly, those 13 essays not just express Rosler's significance as a critic yet additionally provide an important source for readers attracted to the problems confronting modern artwork. The essays during this assortment illustrate Rosler's ongoing research into technique of exposing fact and inspiring switch, supplying a retrospective of attribute concerns in her work.Mixing research and wit, Rosler demanding situations some of the basic precepts of latest artwork perform. Her influential essay "In, round, and afterthoughts: on documentary images" nearly single-handedly dismantled the parable of liberal documentary images whilst it seemed. a number of the essays during this quantity have had a equally wide-ranging impact; others are released the following for the 1st time. Illustrating the essays are eighty one pictures through Rosler and different artists and photographers.

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Download Selling tradition: Appalachia and the construction of an by Jane S. Becker PDF

By Jane S. Becker

The 1st 1/2 the 20 th century witnessed a starting to be curiosity in America's people background, as american citizens started to enthusiastically gather, current, marketplace, and eat the nation's people traditions. reading considered one of this century's so much renowned "folk revivals"—the reemergence of Southern Appalachian handicraft traditions within the 1930s—Jane Becker unravels the cultural politics that sure jointly a posh community of manufacturers, reformers, govt officers, industries, museums, city markets, and shoppers, all of whom helped to redefine Appalachian craft creation within the context of a countrywide cultural identification. Becker makes use of this craft revival as a fashion of exploring the development of the cultural different types "folk" and "tradition." She additionally addresses the implications such labels have had at the humans to whom they've been assigned. although the revival of family arts within the Southern Appalachians mirrored an try to relief the folks of an impoverished area, she says, in addition to a wish to recapture a big a part of the nation's folks historical past, in fact the recent craft creation owed much less to culture than to middle-class tastes and patron culture—forces that obscured the ideas utilized by mountain workers and the stipulations within which they labored.

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Download Mother Leakey and the Bishop: A Ghost Story by Peter Marshall PDF

By Peter Marshall

Halloween 1636: sightings of the ghost of an previous lady start to be pronounced within the small English coastal city of Minehead, and a royal fee is distributed to enquire. December 1640: a disgraced Protestant bishop is hanged within the Irish capital, Dublin, after being convicted of an 'unspeakable' crime. during this impressive piece of ancient detective paintings, Peter Marshall units out to discover the interesting hyperlinks among those likely unconnected occasions. the result's a compelling story of darkish kin secrets and techniques, of efforts to suppress them, and of the ways that they eventually come to gentle. it's also the tale of a stunning seventeenth-century Church scandal which solid its shadow over faith and politics in Britain and eire for the easiest a part of 3 centuries, drawing in a number of popular and not-so-well-known characters alongside the way in which, together with Jonathan fast, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, and Walter Scott. a desirable tale in its personal correct, mom Leakey and the Bishop is additionally a glowing demonstration of ways the telling of news is relevant to the best way we keep in mind the earlier, and will develop into a part of the material of historical past itself.

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Download Masks of Misrule: The Horned God & His Cult in Europe by Nigel Jackson PDF

By Nigel Jackson

Creation by means of Michael Howard. a different and exact learn of the Horned God within the traditions of england and Europe, focusing on the typical and mystical elements of this such a lot compelling and enduring of archetypes. With the rituals provided within the e-book, this quantity is a digital esoteric grimoire of the interior Mysteries.

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