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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2001. For being the first encyclopedia of creatures and beings that I had look at back in the 90's. It still good enough even now. Even though with crypto animals then as now I prefer to look at ... Read full review

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

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2001. For being the first encyclopedia of creatures and beings that I had look at back in the 90's. It still good enough even now. Even though with crypto animals then as now I prefer to look at ... 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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