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A handbook of folklore, myths and legends from around the world.
By D.R. McElroy
Superstitions, myths folklore...
what was the purpose of such stories and ritualistic practices? And why are humans still drawn to them?
Organized by region and fully illustrated, Superstitions presents engrossing stories of impossible feats, legendary monsters, mythological gods and goddesses, mighty heroes, and curious beliefs from around the world and across the centuries. Discover how cultural practices came to be and why some of these rituals and superstitions persist even today - some of which you may even practice now!
Learn about the devious mythical Biloko spirits from Zaire, Africa, who guard the forest from hunters, the immortal Russian demigod Koschei, whose soul is hidden inside a needle (which is inside an egg that is inside a duck that is inside a rabbit), and why you should never complain about salty food in Eastern Europe (it means the cook has fallen in love). In addition to providing mythical folklore of current and past cultures, this comprehensive collection also serves as a reference point to help inspire and create your own stories of far-flung fantasy worlds and people.