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Behind the magical beasts of myth and the monsters of folklore there may well be
hiding real creatures of flesh and blood. In the second part of the book I have
collected together some of the fabulous animals of Western man over a long
These 'fearsome critters' are said to belong to the native folklore of America. But
often this is not so. The legend of the giant woodsman Paul Bunyan and his giant
ox Babe, for instance, were dreamt up to advertise the woodpulp industry.
Crump, James Irving : Dragon Bones in the Yellow Earth. New York, 1963.
Daniels, Frank James : 'Snake and dragon lore of Japan', Folklore (London), vol.
71, pp. 145-164, 196o. Dennys, N. B. : The Folklore of China. London, 1896. 2o6.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Michael.Rimmer - LibraryThing
I like a bestiary, and this is a nice one. It covers the more familiar mythical beasts, such as the unicorn, manticore, basilisk and co., but also the somewhat less well known, such as the barometz ... Read full review