Giants, Monsters, and Dragons: An Encyclopedia of Folklore, Legend, and Myth

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W. W. Norton & Company, 2001 - Fiction - 428 pages
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We have always conjured up creatures never seen in nature, from flying horses and two-headed birds to fire-breathing dragons and enormous killer skunks, as well as fantastic distortions of our own image, from giants to nubile maidens. In these pages you will meet extraordinary beings from Hindu and Navajo religions, Scandinavian tales, Russian folklore, Lithuanian stories, Irish oral history, American tall tales, and Aztec myth. Just some of the monstrous entourage: Baku, a benevolent Japanese monster with the body of a horse, the head of a lion, and the legs of a tiger, who helps people by devouring their nightmares. Kurma, the giant tortoise of Hindu myth, whose upper shell forms the heavens and lower part the earth. Missipissy, the feared fish serpent of North America's Great Lakes region.This illustrated encyclopedia not only identifies and describes individual beasts in their cultural context but also groups them together across cultures and discusses common mythological strands and conceits.
  

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Review: Giants, Monsters, and Dragons: An Encyclopedia of Folklore, Legend, and Myth

User Review  - Jessica - Goodreads

While Giants, Monsters and Dragons isn't a book of fairy tales or stories, it's a wonderful reference book to the many legendary beasties of the world. Carol Rose has gathered descriptions and ... Read full review

Review: Giants, Monsters, and Dragons: An Encyclopedia of Folklore, Legend, and Myth

User Review  - Deboshree Chatterjee - Goodreads

well first of all, it's always nice to have exhaustive lists of beasts and supernatural entities from various folklores and myths under a single bind.. It's a wonderful book for those, who loves to ... Read full review

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About the author (2001)

Carol Rose is a research member at the University of Kent and a senior lecturer at Canterbury College, England.

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