Tales of Old Japan

Folklore, Fairy Tales, Ghost Stories and Legends of the Samurai
Author: A. B. Mitford
Publisher: Courier Corporation
ISBN: 0486120260
Category: Social Science
Page: 320
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Grisly accounts of revenge and knightly exploits, a fascinating eyewitness account of a hara-kiri ceremony, tales of vampires and samurai, Buddhist sermons, and the plots of four Noh plays. 38 illustrations.

Folk Heroes and Heroines around the World, 2nd Edition


Author: Graham Seal,Kim Kennedy White
Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 1440838615
Category: Social Science
Page: 411
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This comprehensive collection of folk hero tales builds on the success of the first edition by providing readers with expanded contextual information on story characters from the Americas to Zanzibar. • Supplies entries on folk tale characters worldwide that identify related heroes and heroines and provide additional contextual information • Features a geographical organization that enables readers to research a specific region's folk characters • Provides an alphabetical index as well as an index of heroic character types to facilitate cross-cultural and historical comparisons • Includes sidebars with passages from the folk tales, popular culture, and other items of interest

American Negro Folktales


Author: Richard M. Dorson
Publisher: Courier Dover Publications
ISBN: 0486796809
Category: Literary Collections
Page: 384
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Rich anthology of African-American folklore offers scores of humorous and harrowing stories. Collected during the mid-20th century, the tales tell of talking animals, ghosts, devils, and saints.

The Damascus Chronicle of the Crusades

Extracted and Translated from the Chronicle of Ibn Al-Qalanisi
Author: H. A. R. Gibb
Publisher: Courier Corporation
ISBN: 0486143406
Category: History
Page: 368
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Remarkable contemporary account of early Crusades by one of Damascus' leading citizens covers events of 1097–1159. Based on both written and oral reports, colorful narrative relates every particular of life during wartime.

History of the Civil War, 1861-1865


Author: James Ford Rhodes
Publisher: Courier Corporation
ISBN: 0486137783
Category: History
Page: 528
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1917 Pulitzer Prize–winner is widely regarded as one of the most outstanding studies — and first unbiased history — of the Civil War. "...very attractive volume." — American Historical Review. Notes. 2 maps. Introduction.

Nordic Gods and Heroes


Author: Padraic Colum
Publisher: Courier Corporation
ISBN: 0486119351
Category: Social Science
Page: 292
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Simple, dramatic tales of gods and goddesses who dwell in Asgard: exploits of Odin and Thor, winning of Brynhild, twilight of the gods, more. Over 40 illustrations.

Human Nature and Conduct


Author: John Dewey
Publisher: Courier Corporation
ISBN: 0486143449
Category: Psychology
Page: 352
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Influential work by the great educator/philosopher maintains that the key to social psychology lies in an understanding of the many varieties of habit; individual mental activity is guided by subordinate factors of impulse and intelligence.

Japanese Legends and Folklore

Samurai Takes.Ghost Stories,Legends,Fairy Tales,Myths and Historical Accounts
Author: A.B.Mitford
Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
ISBN: 9784805315019
Category: History
Page: 320
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Japanese Legends and Folklore invites English speakers into the intriguing world of Japanese folktales, ghost stories and historical eyewitness accounts. With a fascinating selection of stories about Japanese culture and history, A.B. Mitford--who lived and worked in Japan as a British diplomat--presents a broad cross section of tales from many Japanese sources. Discover more about practically every aspect of Japanese life--from myths and legends to society and religion. This book features 30 fascinating Japanese stories, including: The Forty-Seven Ronin--the famous, epic tale of a loyal band of Samurai warriors who pay the ultimate price for avenging the honor of their fallen master. The Tongue-Cut Sparrow--a good-hearted old man is richly rewarded when he begs forgiveness from a sparrow who is injured by his spiteful, greedy wife. The Adventures of Little Peach Boy--a tale familiar to generations of Japanese children, a small boy born from a peach is adopted by a kindly childless couple. Japanese Sermons--a selection of sermons written by a priest belonging to the Shingaku sect, which combines Buddhist, Shinto and Confucian teachings. An Account of Hara-Kiri--Mitford's dramatic first person account of a ritual Samurai suicide, the first time it had been reported in English. Thirty-one reproductions of woodblock prints bring the classic tales and essays to life. These influential stories helped shape the West's understanding of Japanese culture. A new foreword by Professor Michael Dylan Foster sheds light on the book's importance as a groundbreaking work of Japanese folklore, literature and history.

Experiencing the World's Religions

Tradition, Challenge, and Change
Author: Michael Molloy
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Humanities Social
ISBN: N.A
Category: Philosophy
Page: 576
View: 5516

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Experiencing the World's Religions provides a clear and compelling account of religion as a diverse, lived experience by peoples around the world. Global in its coverage, the text conveys the vitality and richness of the world's religions as a living cultural wellspring that not only concerns systems of belief but how those beliefs are expressed in ceremonies, food, clothing, art, architecture, pilgrimage, scripture, and music. The text demonstrates why an understanding of the world's religions enriches our lives. In an engaging narrative emphasizing the experience of religion, the text takes students on a personal voyage through doctrines, history, the religiously inspired arts, ceremonies, and everyday expressions of belief and combines these with powerful photographs from around the globe. The text goes beyond traditional approaches to personally connect students with the vitality of the great religions and how they reach into the lives of individuals and the culture at large. This fourth edition has been thoroughly updated in both content and illustration, to address recent world events and political changes, and provide additional insight into current theory and practice.

Japanische Geistergeschichten

übersetzt von Gustav Meyrink
Author: Lafcadio Hearn
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9783958014305
Category:
Page: 200
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Ratselhafte Samurai, ein blutsaugender Frosch und die ewige Wachterin im Wolfspelz: Lafcadio Hearn ladt zum Gruseln ein in 16 Geschichten vor den faszinierendsten Kulissen Japans. Herausgegeben und ubertragen wurden die Geschichten von Gustav Meyrink, u. a. bekannt durch seine Werke Der Golem" oder Das grune Gesicht." Hast du jemals die Treppe irgendeines alten Turmes erklommen, die sich in der Dunkelheit emporwindet, und kennst du das Gefuhl das einen da beschleicht, mitten im Herzen tiefer Finsternis, am spinnwebdunnen Rande des Nichts ...?""

Myths and Legends of Japan


Author: Frederick Hadland Davis
Publisher: Cosimo, Inc.
ISBN: 1602063699
Category: Social Science
Page: 436
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Nowadays Japan is seen as a modern and technologically innovative place, but in 1913, when Myths and Legends of Japan was first published, its culture seemed strange and exotic to the average Westerner. With this collection, F. Hadland Davis uses folklore to bring Japanese civilization to life and introduce this alien society to a Western audience. Davis arranges myths into 31 categories, including heroes and warriors, legends of Mount Fuji, animal legends, superstitions, and legends of the sea. Each chapter contains numerous examples of the genre, making for a volume packed with stories that will entertain both the Japan enthusiast and the mythology buff. FREDERICK HADLAND DAVIS is also the author of The Persian Mystics: Jalalu'd-Din Rumi (1907) and The Persian Mystics: Jami (1908), both available from Cosimo.

Zwei alte Frauen

Eine Legende von Verrat und Tapferkeit
Author: Velma Wallis
Publisher: Piper Verlag
ISBN: 3492967116
Category: Fiction
Page: 128
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Ein Nomadenstamm im hohen Norden von Alaska: Während eines bitterkalten Winters kommt es zu einer gefährlichen Hungersnot. Wie das alte Stammesgesetz es vorschreibt, beschließt der Häuptling, die ältesten beiden Frauen als »unnütze Esser« zurückzulassen, um den Stamm zu retten. Doch in der Einsamkeit der eisigen Wildnis geschieht das Unglaubliche: Die beiden alten Indianerfrauen geben nicht auf, sondern besinnen sich auf ihre ureigenen Fähigkeiten, die sie längst vergessen geglaubt hatten...

Die amerikanische Nacht

Roman
Author: Marisha Pessl
Publisher: S. Fischer Verlag
ISBN: 3104017468
Category: Fiction
Page: 800
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Ein überwältigender New York-Roman Tief unten im Schacht liegt Ashley – sie ist tot – erst 24 Jahre alt - eine Leiche in einer verlassenen Lagerhalle Manhattans. Ein Unfall? Oder Selbstmord? Und was hat Cordova, der übermächtige Vater und besessene Filmemacher mit ihrem Tod zu tun? Der Schlüssel zum Geheimnis liegt in seinen magischen Filmen, die nach und nach zu einer Wirklichkeit werden, aus der es kein Entkommen gibt. Gnadenlos, packend und zuweilen verstörend ergründet Marisha Pessl die dunklen Seiten des Lebens. »Die amerikanische Nacht« ist ein literarisches MEISTERWERK.

Lafcadio Hearn's "The Faceless Ghost" and Other Macabre Tales from Japan

A Graphic Novel
Author: Sean Michael Wilson
Publisher: Shambhala
ISBN: 0834830485
Category: Comics & Graphic Novels
Page: 144
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Over one hundred years ago, the writer and Japanophile Lafcadio Hearn gathered together a selection of kaidan, traditional Japanese ghost, myth, and mystery stories, and published them in English in over a dozen books. The kaidan feature vengeful ghosts and bewitching spirits that mete out karmic justice in eerie and sometimes horrifying ways. Some of the tales were Japanese versions of older Chinese tales of divination; others were influenced by Shinto and Buddhism, including a Buddhist-influenced mystery storytelling game popular in the Edo era (1603–1868). In contemporary culture, these stories have found new expression mostly in movies and manga. In this graphic novel, acclaimed manga creator Sean Michael Wilson and illustrator Michiru Morikawa present six of these classic, supernatural stories.

Oriental Ghost Stories


Author: Lafcadio Hearn
Publisher: Wordsworth Editions
ISBN: 9781840226102
Category: Ghost stories, English
Page: 253
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Lafcadio Hearn's fascinating and unsettling ghost stories are a reinterpretation of oriental legends, and folktales. They are a potent blend of weird beauty and horror.

Japanische Märchen und Sagen (Märchen der Welt)


Author: David Brauns
Publisher: Jazzybee Verlag
ISBN: 3849603318
Category:
Page: 310
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Erleben Sie die schönsten Märchen und Sagen aus aller Welt in dieser einzigartigen Serie "Märchen der Welt". Von den Ländern Europas über die Kontinente bis zu vergangenen Kulturen und noch heute existierenden Völkern: "Märchen der Welt" bietet Ihnen stundenlange Abwechslung und immer neuen Lesestoff. Jede Ausgabe bietet neben den Märchen oder Sagen eine Biografie/Bibliografie des Autors oder eine Abhandlung zur Geschichte der Märchen und Sagen. Ein Auszug aus dem Inhaltsverzeichnis dieses Buches: Märchen Fabeln Göttersagen Heldensagen Geschichtliche Sagen Legenden Lokalsagen Gespenstersagen und Verwandtes

Die wundersame Geschichte von September, die sich ein Schiff baute und das Feenland umsegelte


Author: Catherynne M. Valente
Publisher: Rowohlt Verlag GmbH
ISBN: 3644483019
Category: Juvenile Fiction
Page: 320
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Die 12-jährige September führt ein schrecklich langweiliges Leben in Nebraska, wo sie den lieben langen Tag nur gelb-rosa Teetassen abspülen und mit ihrem Hündchen spielen kann. Bis eines Tages der Grüne Wind auf seiner Leopardin der leichten Lüfte an ihr Fenster fliegt und sie zu einem großen Abenteuer ins Feenland einlädt. Tatsächlich wird Septembers Hilfe dringend gebraucht, denn im Feenland herrscht eine schreckliche Marquess, die nicht älter ist als September selbst. Sie verlangt von September, einen ganz besonderen Gegenstand aus dem gefährlichen Gespinstwald zu holen. Sonst will die Marquess das Feenland in einen langweiligen, phantasielosen Ort verwandeln und den Einwohnern das Leben zur Hölle machen – darunter auch Septembers neue Freunde, der bücherliebende Lindwurm A-bis-L und der blaue Dschinn Samstag. Mit viel Mut und noch mehr Herz stellt sich September ihrer schwierigen Aufgabe. Für Leser jeden Alters, die den Charme von «Alice im Wunderland» und die Phantasie der «Unendlichen Geschichte» lieben. Dieses Buch ist unvergesslich.