From dragons, fairies, giants, and trolls to Paul Bunyan, Robin Hood, and
UFOs, A Dictionary of Folklore is an illuminating and comprehensive
one-volume guide to the central themes and traditions of world folklore
from ancient times to the present day. More than 1,000 A-to-Z entries
emphasize the social and oral traditions of the British Isles, Western
Europe, and North America, with selective coverage of legends and lore from Africa, India, South America, Asia, and other parts of the world.
Whether the topic is the mythology of mermaids or the holiday custom of the
mistletoe kiss, students, researchers, and general readers will find it in
this extraordinary general reference to world folklore.
- Folkloric associations of superstitions, dreams, and myths: the evil eye, first-footing, the Fountain of Youth, and more
- Beliefs and remedies linked with plants, birds, and animals: dolphins, doves, eagles, seals, garlic, holly, leeks, and more
- Popular heroes and folkloric characters: Charlemagne,
Paul Bunyan, Don Juan, Hiawatha, Johnny Appleseed, Merlin, The Lady of
the Lake, and more
- Fabulous beasts and beings: dragons, elves, fairies,
giants, leprechauns, mermaids, unicorns, and more
- Customs, rituals, and festivals surrounding such events as birth,
marriage, and death: All Hallow's Eve (Halloween), Christmas,
Easter, the Feast of Fools, Groundhog Day, and more
- Folkloric origins of nursery rhymes, proverbs, and sayings:
Mother Goose, Aesop's Fables, "Abracadabra," and "Open Sesame", and more.