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1. Modern Mythology
2. The Devil & the Giro: The
3. Welsh Mythology: A Neo-Structuralist
4. Scottish Mythology: Samhain, Aos
5. Uathach: Irish Mythology, Scáthach,
6. King and the Lamp: Scottish Traveller
7. Galoshins: The Scottish Folk Play
8. Scottish Fairy and Folk Tales
9. Scottish Nursery Rhymes
10. White Mythologies
11. Dictionary of Celtic Mythology
12. Scottish Traveller Tales: Lives
14. The English and Scottish Popular
15. Seeking Mr. Hyde: Studies in Robert
16. Haud Yer Wheesht: Your Scottish
17. From Olympus to Camelot: The World
18. The Scottish Reciter
19. A Little Book of Gaelic Proverbs
20. Scottish Traditional Tales

1. Modern Mythology
by Andrew Lang
Kindle Edition: Pages (2008-05-05)
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Asin: B00191C30O
Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars
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Anthropology and theory of myths and myth-making.According to Wikipedia: "Andrew Lang (March 31, 1844, Selkirk - July 20, 1912, Banchory, Kincardineshire) was a prolific Scots man of letters. He was a poet, novelist, and literary critic, and contributor to anthropology. He now is best known as the collector of folk and fairy tales." ... Read more

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2-0 out of 5 stars Not Exactly the Blue Fairy Book
If you're only familiar with Andrew Lang from the [color] fairy books and are hoping for a book of tales, this isn't that.

What it is is a scholarly position paper in a then-current debate over the nature and origin of mythology. Andrew Lang is attempting to refute the theories of Max Muller, who argued that mythology was "a disease of language." This book is Andrew Lang's refutation of that theory and endorsement of the countervailing theory that mythology is a survival from the misperceptions and reflexive animism of primitive peoples.

I can only imagine this text being of interest to those who are truly *dedicated* to the study of comparative mythology. ... Read more

2. The Devil & the Giro: The Scottish Short Story (Canongate)
by Carl MacDougall
Paperback: 732 Pages (1996-03)
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Asin: 0862413591
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This collection includes short stories from all the major Scottish writers, both the famous and unsung: James Hogg, R.L. Stevenson, George MacDonald Fraser, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Sir Walter Scott, Hugh MacDiarmid, Muriel Spark, James Kelman and Alasdair Gray. ... Read more

3. Welsh Mythology: A Neo-Structuralist Analysis
by Jonathan Miles-Watson
Hardcover: 352 Pages (2009-07-28)
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Asin: 1604976209
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A little-known lecture by Lévi-Strauss is the inspiration for this work. In this lecture, he intuitively suggested that in medieval Europe there once existed a set of myths, centred on the grail, which are structurally the opposite of the goatsucker myths that he famously analyzed in his mythologiques series. This work uses Lévi-Strauss' inspirational lecture as a launchpad for an exploration of a group of related medieval Welsh myths, two of which have been briefly considered previously by Lévi-Strauss himself. The root of the methodological approach this book employs throughout is the Structuralism of Claude Lévi-Strauss; however, it has been modified to incorporate the suggestions of later neo-Structuralists. This analysis tool is applied to a group of myths, which have become conveniently--if somewhat erroneously--known as the Mabinogion. The name Mabinogion appears as part of a colophon at the end of one of the myth of Pwyll and it was later adopted first by Pugh (1835), and then by Lady Charlotte Guest (1838) as a title for their now famous translations of Welsh mythology. Consequently, the title has stuck to describe the material that is contained within their translations and, while it is a somewhat inaccurate way to describe the myths, it has the virtues of being both a succinct and widely recognised signifier. The term has come to signify eight myths, or perhaps more accurately eight groups of myths, which are all present in the late fourteenth-century manuscript Llyfr Coch Hergest (The Red Book of Hergest), and all but one of which can be found in the slightly earlier Llyfr Gwyn Rhydderch (The White Book of Rhydderch). As such, the Mabinogion is the key collection of medieval Welsh mythology and an important source for early Arthurian material.Although Structuralism and the Mabinogion have attracted a good deal of attention from the academic world, there has been never been a sustained attempt to follow Levi-Strauss' intuitive insights with a methodical Structuralist analysis of this material. In the year of Lévi-Strauss' centenary celebrations, this work is the first sustained attempt to follow his intuitive suggestions about several Mabinogion myths with a detailed Structuralist analysis of the Mabinogion. This work is therefore a unique anthropological presentation and analysis of the Mabinogion, which argues for a radical, new interpretation of these myths in light of the existence of a central system of interlocking symbols that has the Grail at its heart. Through the analysis, the book reveals a logical organizational principle that underlies a body of material that has previously been viewed as disparate and confusing. This underlying structure is demonstrated to be, as Lévi-Strauss suggested it may, the opposite of that which Lévi-Strauss himself uncovered in the Americas. The revelation of this new form of underlying structure leads to a rethinking of some important aspects of Structuralism, including the Canonical formula, at the same time as acting as a tribute to the farsightedness of Lévi-Strauss. This book makes important contributions to the fields of Arthurian studies, anthropology, Celtic studies, cultural studies, medieval studies, mythology and religious studies. ... Read more

4. Scottish Mythology: Samhain, Aos Sí, Imbolc, Banshee, Scáthach, Lughnasadh, Battle of Barry, Lochmaben Stone, Hebridean mythology and folklore
Paperback: 110 Pages (2010-10-18)
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Asin: 1157270964
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Chapters: Samhain, Aos Sí, Imbolc, Banshee, Scáthach, Lughnasadh, Battle of Barry, Lochmaben Stone, Hebridean mythology and folklore, Fear liath, Scota, Bean nighe, Baobhan sith, Crom Dubh, Goídel Glas, Cat Sìth, Cirein-cròin, Black Rock Gorge, Pictish Beast, Brian, Wirry-cow, Deò-ghrèine, Caoineag, Sluagh, Uathach, Beira, Black Donald, Wulver, Fincormachus,. Source: Wikipedia. Pages: 109. Not illustrated. Free updates online. Purchase includes a free trial membership in the publisher's book club where you can select from more than a million books without charge. Excerpt: Samhain (pronounced , , or is a festival held on October 31-November 1 in Celtic cultures. The name Samhain is derived from Old Irish and means roughly "summer's end". A harvest festival with ancient roots in Celtic polytheism, it was linked to festivals held around the same time in other Celtic cultures, and continued to be celebrated in late medieval times. Samhain marked the end of the harvest, the end of the "lighter half" of the year and beginning of the "darker half". It was traditionally celebrated over the course of several days. Many scholars believe that it was the beginning of the Celtic year. It has some elements of a festival of the dead. The Gaels believed that the border between this world and the otherworld became thin on Samhain; because some animals and plants were dying, it thus allowed the dead to reach back through the veil that separated them from the living. Bonfires played a large part in the festivities. People and their livestock would often walk between two bonfires as a cleansing ritual, and the bones of slaughtered livestock were cast into its flames. The Gaelic custom of wearing costumes and masks, was an attempt to copy the spirits or placate them. In Scotland the dead were impersonated by young men with masked, veiled or blackened faces, dressed in white. Samhnag - turnips which were hollowed-out and carved with faces to make lanter...http://booksllc.net/?id=28323 ... Read more

5. Uathach: Irish Mythology, Scáthach, Cú Chulainn, Scottish Mythology
Paperback: 88 Pages (2010-03-07)
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High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! In Irish mythology, Uathach was Scáthach's daughter. According to a legend, Cú Chulainn, who had recently arrived at Scáthach's fortress-home to be her pupil, had a quarrel with Cochar Crufe, Uathach's lover, because Cú Chulainn accidentally broke one of Uathach's fingers. Having been challenged to single combat by Cochar Crufe, Cú Chulainn killed him during the fight. Eventually, Uathach became Cú Chulainn's lover. In Scottish mythology, Uathach had spurned the advances of Cochar Croibhe, the same character as Cochar Crufe. When she first saw Cú Chulainn, she instantly fell in love with him, and he with her. He was so taken by her beauty, that he forgot his strength and broke her hand. Seeing this, Cochar Croibhe challenged Cú Chulainn to the death, despite Uathach's protests. When Cú Chulainn won the duel, he became Uathach's lover. ... Read more

6. King and the Lamp: Scottish Traveller Tales (Canongate Classics, 96)
by Duncan Williamson, Linda Williamson
Paperback: 314 Pages (2000-07)
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This collection of Duncan Williamson's most popular stories, edited and introduced by Linda Williamson, marks the first publication of his work in the Canongate Classics series, and recognizes the value and importance of the rich oral tradition from which his work stems. ... Read more

7. Galoshins: The Scottish Folk Play
by Brian Hayward
 Hardcover: 272 Pages (1993-04-15)
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Asin: 0748603387
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A study of the Scottish folk play, "Galoshins", from the 17th century to the present day. This book looks at socio-cultural aspects of the history such as the distribution, oral transmission and decline of the custom. The rest of the book comprises a commentary on the performance. ... Read more

8. Scottish Fairy and Folk Tales
by George Douglas
Kindle Edition: Pages (2009-04-13)
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Asin: B0026FCJ10
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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This is a collection of Scottish folklore which will appeal to all ages. There are animal tales, stories of the fairies of Scotland including Brownies, Bogles, Kelpies, Mermaids and others, tales of witchcraft and of Giants. While many of the themes are similar to other European folk-tales, this collection emphasizes specifically Scottish aspects of the stories.--J.B. Hare ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Scottish Fiary and Folk Tales: (Forgotten Books)
I was doing a research paper on Scottish folk tales.I was surprised at the lack of materials in the public and academic libraries.I went to Amazon to frantically search for a book to help in my research.This book not only had the wonderful folk tales I was searching for; it also had information on the history of Scottish folklore.Great book for folk tales.

4-0 out of 5 stars tried the sample
i tried the free sample and was a little disappointed. the sample gives you about 50 pages of a very boring info and then part of a story. i will consider buying it as the part of the story i was able to read was really good. look forward to reading more.

4-0 out of 5 stars Scottsman and his Tales...
This is a terrific book.

It is well put together and easy enough on the eyes.

However, the native Scottish tongue can sometimes
be difficult to translate in some of the tales.

I enjoy it and read it every so often.

It's a nice break from the old three bears
and a great way to get back to my heritage!

byebye and stay safe! Peace and happiness, MC

3-0 out of 5 stars not bad
This is a collection of nice, rather original tales. I especially liked those about brownies. However, in my opinion Russian folk tales are really the best. ... Read more

9. Scottish Nursery Rhymes
 Hardcover: 160 Pages (1971-01)

Isbn: 0701200030
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10. White Mythologies
by Robert J.C. Young
Hardcover: 304 Pages (2004-08-16)
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Asin: 0415311802
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In 1990, Robert Young's White Mythologies set out to question the very concepts of history and the West. His reflections on these topics provided some of the most important new directions in postcolonial studies and continue to exert a huge influence on the field. This new edition reprints what has quickly become a classic text, along with a substantial new essay reflecting on changes in the field and in the author's own position since publication.
An essential read for all those working in postcolonial theory, literature and history, this book cemented Young's reputation as one of the discipline's most influential scholars and, as a new preface by Homi Bhabha comments, made an original and invaluable intervention in the field, leading even the most established figures to rethink their own positions. Provoking further re-evaluation with the new introductory essay, this second edition will, like its predecessor, be a key text for every academic and student in the field. ... Read more

11. Dictionary of Celtic Mythology (Oxford Paperback Reference)
by James MacKillop
Paperback: 496 Pages (2000-12-14)
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Asin: 0192801201
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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This new work offers an exhaustive survey of one of the world's most fertile and exciting mythological traditions. It covers the persons, themes, concepts, places, and creatures of Celtic mythology, in all its ancient and modern traditions, in 4000 entries ranging from brief definitions to extended essays on major tale cycles. An introductory essay explains who the Celts were, explores the history of the Celtic revival, and examines the meaning and role of mythology and tradition. An invaluable pronunciation guide for the major Celtic languages, a topic index of entries, thorough cross-references within Celtic mythology and to other mythologies, such as Classical and Norse, enables the reader to see the relationship between Celtic mythology, later Irish literature, and other literary and mythological traditions.
The Dictionary of Celtic Mythology is the first place to turn for an authoritative guide to this colorful world of tragedy, revenge, honor, and heroism of Celtic myth.Amazon.com Review
The full richness of Celtic mythology, with legends, sagas,and folklore, with traditions, places, and personalities, are nowevocatively yet concisely conveyed in James MacKillop'sdictionary. The 4,000 entries include brief descriptions (such as theshort explanation of Arthen, the bear-and-river god of early Wales) aswell as extended stories of bloody vengeance (following actual orsupposed treachery), romantic love, and frequent adultery, plus talesof mysterious monsters on lonely hillocks. From Deirdre andCúchulainn to leprechauns, from Galahad, cauldrons, andarchaeology to druids, MacKillop provides an impressive amount of loreand research in a reliable, browsable, and enjoyabledictionary. --Stephanie Gold ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Must-Have for Celt-o-philes and Celtic-leaning Wiccans and Pagans!
So you listen to Loreena MacKennitt and love you a good Celtic knot. You know vaguely that Brigid is a Christian saint who started as an Irish goddess, and that Taliesin had something to do with bards. If you want to learn more, pick up this book. Sure it's a dictionary, but if you have a couple hours, you could read it cover to cover and come away with more colorful stories of heros and gods and beasts than you ever could have imagined. For being a reference book, it reads as well as most short story compendiums. Informative and a fun read!

5-0 out of 5 stars awesome dictionary of celtic icons
My copy of this tremendously helpful book is completely dog-eared.Interestingly enough, I bought the book not because of my interest in Celtic and Druidic studies, but because I play an online multiplayer game called Dark Age of Camelot.As I was playing I noticed a couple of "mobs" (monsters) which seemed curiously in tune with their natural meanings.I work at a bookstore and picked this book up on my break to look up a few more of the mobs and found them all in there.Over time, I found that the game was startling on target with mobs, non-player characters and mythic storyline.

I have since used it for a number of other Celtic "look ups" and just love having this book handy.It is nearly indespensible in my mind.

2-0 out of 5 stars Great in some area, but very imbalanced overall
This book is wonderfully useful for Irish and Welsh mythology. Irish and Welsh entries are generally quite comprehensive and individually mostly of a high quality.

The major flaw, and it is quite a major one, is the horrific dearth of Scottish and Breton entries, which appear quite randomly and often are only of very low quality. So for instance, Irish "kings" of minor historical or mythological importance occur in abundance, yet figures such as Macbeth, Malcolm II and Malcolm III are totally unaccounted for. Dublin has a huge entry, Glasgow has no entry (although admittedly St. Kentigern does). There may be entries for Goidel Glas and Scota, of supreme importance in medieval Scottish origin myth, but nothing is said of them in relation to Scotland or in how they were used there. Every half-significant Irish geographical feature has an entry, yet a location like Scone has nothing. Likewise, there are no entries for the "Prophecy of Berchan" or the "De Situ Albanie." I could go on and on.

3-0 out of 5 stars Useful but flawed
Quite frankly, if this is the best reference work on Celtic legends and culture, this only goes to show how very bad the rest are.Other reviewers have pointed out the irrelevant English items and very bad etymology; I would like to add that the book is infuriatingly uneven in its references.Some I have been able to track down; other entries have no origin listed at all, which has resulted, in one case, in a desperate and completely unavailing trawl through EVERY TITLE in the Brittany bibliography - and that for a reference which is absolutely fundamental to my research.I know this particular character and folk-tale exist; they must, because other facts I encountered confirm that they must; but because Mr. MacKillop has not given his source for his description, I am unable to proceed.And that is not the only case in which the entries let me down.It is pointless to write a reference dictionary if you are not going to give references!

3-0 out of 5 stars Mostly Good
There is much in this book that is useful about Celtic folklore and mythology. However, the etymologies are usually incorrect. This may not matter to some. It does to me.

The back cover claims that this book has "authoritative...etymologies for Celtic names..." when they are in fact neither authoritative nor correct.

For example, MacKillop gives for the entry Deva an etymology from Latin meaning goddess "[L. goddess]." However, the Latin for Goddess is _diva_ not _deva_. The word _Deva_ is transparently Brittonic from (Proto)-Celtic *_deiwa_.

Especially annoying for me is the etymology of English words used as headings, which are out of place in a Dictionary of Celtic Mythology (I believe).

So, while the entry for "Stag" is indeed useful, giving the etymology of 'Stag' from "[OE stagga]," (while at least correct in this instance), is just absurd.

As for careerist motivations and cut and past "druidical" names: ...

Lastly, my motivations were not careerist, but one of informing others. A book that claims to be authoritative in Celtic etymologies, I belive ought to live up to that claim. Unfortunately, this one doesn't, and others should be aware of that. ... Read more

12. Scottish Traveller Tales: Lives Shaped through Stories
by Donald Braid
 Kindle Edition: 313 Pages (2002-07-25)
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Asin: B001MYLEDU
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The "Travelling People" of Scotland are the traditionally nomadic minority group known also by the derogatory term "tinkers."

Traveling in groups or in their individual caravans along the high roads and byways of Scotland, they have established a distinct identity and mode of life for themselves that preserves centuries-old cultural beliefs. For their skill as storytellers, as well as ballad singers, they are internationally recognized for the richest storytelling traditions of the world.

One of their best-known storytellers is Duncan Williamson. He was fascinated by storytelling from an early age and dedicated himself to keeping the wisdom of traveller culture by learning as many stories as possible. While this book focuses on a number of individuals, both Duncan's skill as a storyteller and his extensive knowledge of traveller storytelling traditions are prominently featured through a series of performance transcriptions and interview excerpts.

Although their oral tales have been compiled and collected in other volumes, this book is the only full-length study that analyzes the stories of the Travelling People. Through an examination of their words, narratives, and songs, it brings readers close to Travellers' own voices and to their distinctive practice of storytelling.

Indeed, this analytical appreciation of the culture shows how the story performances preserve the history of the Travelling People and reveal the shape and substance of the storytellers' own lives. It renders too the rich variety of stories, the interrelationship of stories and the community, the construction of the teller's identity within the story, and the story's way of understanding and shaping human experience.

Although concentrated on these Scottish storytellers, this book imparts insights into the process of storytelling in general and contributes understanding of the place of stories in human communities and to human identity.

Donald Braid, assistant director of the Center for Citizenship and Community and a lecturer in English at Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana, is a co-editor of A Folklorist's Progress: Reflections of a Scholar's Life. His work has been published in the Journal of American Folklore, Text and Performance Quarterly, and The Encyclopedia of Folklore and Literature. ... Read more

Kindle Edition: Pages (2010-02-02)
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Asin: B0036Z9X1I
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The great battle of Flodden was fought upon the 9th of September, 1513. The defeat of the Scottish army, mainly owing to the fantastic ideas of chivalry entertained by James IV., and his refusal to avail himself of the natural advantages of his position, was by far the most disastrous of any recounted in the history of the northern wars. The whole strength of the kingdom, both Lowland and Highland, was assembled, and the contest was one of the sternest and most desperate upon record. ... Read more

14. The English and Scottish Popular Ballads
Hardcover: 636 Pages (2003-03-01)
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Asin: 0970702051
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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First published 1883-1898, Professor Child's monumental work on the ballad tradition of England and Scotland stands as a foundation document for all subsequent ballad scholarship and for trends such as the twentieth century folk revival.

The English and Scottish Popular Ballads presents 305 distinct ballads, -- Volume II contains 54-113 -- most with multiple variants, with commentary that traces the origins of the ballad stories through the literature and traditions of much of the western world. Professor Child's painstaking research ranges from ancient Greece to medieval Norway, with translations and detailed citations for all of the sources on which he draws.

Out of print for decades, editions of this seminal work have become scarce. Loomis House Press is pleased to present the first new (non-facsimile) edition of the Child collection, completely re-set and edited to include all of Professor Child's post-publication corrections and additions. Volume II includes 51 ballad texts from the additions and 39 ballad tunes drawn from Child's original sources. ... Read more

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1-0 out of 5 stars not the final edition
I bought this book for a class on ballads, not really realizing how many editions of this book are out there. My professor looked at it and told me that it was one of the crappiest editions of Child's ballads she has ever seen in her life. It is based off of Child's notes for publication rather than the final compilation that he actually published. Not only does it not have any commentary from the most recent editor, it does not have all of the commentary from the original editor and author.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent "corrected" edition
Child's "English and Scottish Popular Ballads" is THE sourcebook for anyone interested in the traditional ballads of the British Isles, and also invaluable to all aficionados of European folklore and folksong in general. For those not up on their terminology, a ballad is a folksong with a plot, and Child's collection covers everything from foul murders to star-crossed lovers to Robin Hood, in five volumes.

I am extremely happy that someone has finally issued an edition incorporating the various addenda and corrections that Child made before his death. There is nothing here that Child did not write, so if you are looking for additional scholarship or commentary you will be disappointed; but the Loomis House edition vastly improves over the Dover facsimiles in completeness and convenience. Additional variants, comments and even some tunes (the one big omission in the original) are placed conveniently near the main text of each category rather than buried in appendices (most of which aren't included in the Dover editions at all). It's well worth the few extra dollars over the Dover books.

My one quibble is that they do not reproduce some of the typographical distinctions that Child occasionally used to indicate different features of a text, but this is overshadowed by all the good points of this edition.

Overall this is a wonderful and affordable edition; I fervently hope that all five volumes are issued as planned (it's been almost a year since Volume 3 came out...). I have no idea why Amazon makes these books so hard to find on their site: fix this, guys!

In summary: Buy this book. Now if someone would only reprint Bertrand Bronson's "The Singing Tradition of Child's Popular Ballads" as well....

5-0 out of 5 stars The Child Ballads Republished
Great news for anyone interested in the traditional folk ballads known as the "Child Ballads" that Francis James Child's late 1800s compilation "The English and Scottish Pupular Ballads" is now republished in a fully corrected and revised edition with the traditional tunes reunited with the texts. The new edition by Loomis House Press (...) is now available in paperback and cloth editions - so far volumes 1, 2 and 3 (of 5) are issued. Amazon lists them but the three volumes are hard to find on the Amazon site. The earlier 1965 facsimile edition by Dover has also now been republished - but the Loomis House Press edition is greatly superior - and is available from Loomis in USA and Springthyme in UK as well as from Amazon.

5-0 out of 5 stars finally back in print
I first heard of the Child ballads when I was about 13 years old and have been looking for a copy ever since.I was delighted to discover they have been brought back into print.This publication is particularly exciting since the editors have chosen to include musical notation collected by Child but not included in the original publication.Many of the ballads still sung today in Eastern Canada and the US were derived from these ballads, so these books are a facinating study of the earlier origins of these and many other ballads from the british iles.

4-0 out of 5 stars Availability of the Anthology
The Anthology is a useful resource for those who cannot make it to the International Druid Archives. It contains a number of useful documents from and about the history of Reformed Druidism, a section on past liturgy which is interesting both for the student of Reformed Druidism and also for any RDNA priest interested in using/creating their own rituals. Overall this is an interesting and worthwhile volume...

However it doesn't always seem to be available...but worry not. Copies of the ARDA are available for sale directly from Loomis House Press at http://www.loomishousepress.com/ and you can also preview the text (or download and print a copy) at http://orgs.carleton.edu/druids/ARDA/

And in a few months an updated version of the Anthology will be hitting bookshelves...I am eagerly awaiting it and it should be available by more or less the same channels when it comes out ... Read more

15. Seeking Mr. Hyde: Studies in Robert Louis Stevenson, Symbolism, Myth and the Pre-Modern (Scottish Studies)
by Tom Hubbard, Robert Louis Stevenson
 Paperback: 115 Pages (1995-08)
list price: US$29.95
Isbn: 0820429228
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16. Haud Yer Wheesht: Your Scottish Granny's Favorite Sayings
by Allan Morrison
Paperback: 96 Pages (1997-09)
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Asin: 1897784600
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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This collection of "pearls of wisdom" contains those sayings which only Scots grannies seem able to utter. Subtitles for those in need of an English version accompany each saying. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Funny lines.
This is a great series of books.I thoroughly enjoyed them.It brought back memories of my childhood in Scotland.

1-0 out of 5 stars Not very clever
The book was not what I expected.I didn't find the book to be very clever or humorous.It was a disappointment.

4-0 out of 5 stars A Great Wee Tome to Pick up the Lein
I love Allan Morrison's wee little books with Scottish colloquialisms.This one is quite a little gem, especially if you're trying SASL.(Scots As a Second Language ;-)

It's neat, compact, cute, hilarious, easily fits in your pocket and comes complete with a glossary (something curiously lacking in some other Scottish tomes).I'd also like to add that learning even a handful of these little sayings to memory will endear you to any Scot.A couple of favorites:

"De ye think I'm up the Clyde on a bike?"
(Do you think I'm an idiot?)

"Sodgers wi' big guns beat sodgers wi' pretty dresses."
(Being practical is more important than being presentable)

"Som would flay a louse fer it's skin."
(Some people are so mean that they'd skin a flea for it's skin).

A true delight, well worth the money and easy to understand.A charming volume for anyone studying Scots.

4-0 out of 5 stars nice giftie for your friend
More of a humorous look on Scotland and the oddball sayings you heard your Gran pronounce at every turn.Billed as "gannies' common sense", Scottish grannies are known for taking every thing in stride and always have a saying for each situation.The wee look into these staid philosophises that anchored a way of life is a delight.Accompanying the sayings are cute pen and ink cartoons.

This slim book has over 500 sayings and is a great present for that Yank with Scottish roots!

3-0 out of 5 stars A good overview of the shrewd Scottish outlook on life.
This is one of the smallest books I have ever read, and was amusingly illustrated by Rupert Besley, who has worked on several other Scottish humor books. The book has over 500 sayings in Lollands (Lowland ScotsEnglish -- Robert Burn's language) grouped into 34 categories such asBusiness, Death, Observations on Life, Love, Marriage, Money, and Work.Aone-page glossary of a few of the Scots words is included, but readersunfamiliar with Scots English would be advised to also have Collins'"Scots Dictionary" handy for some of the other words not listed. Under each proverb is the author's interpretation of the meaning, usuallybased on the category it is filed under.I did not always agree with Mr.Morrison's"translation", as I felt many of the sayings hadbroader applications than he allowed, or the translations could have beenphrased differently to better bring out the point of the proverb.But thatis minor quibbling over personal taste.The real beauty of the book isthat, here in one slim volume, are several generations worth of shrewdcomments on life, as seen through the eyes of our Scottish ancestors.Ifound it interesting that many sayings I have seen elsewhere called"old English proverbs" had a close relative in Scots.It makesone wonder which actually came first, and whether the saying is actuallyEnglish, or has been misattributed.All-in-all a fun little book, and agreat "bathroom reader".If nothing else, it will help youpractice sounding like a canny auld Scot![This review appeared insomewhat different form in the March issue of "The TartanTattler", the newsletter of the Scottish Club Of Tulsa.] ... Read more

17. From Olympus to Camelot: The World of European Mythology
by David Leeming
Hardcover: 224 Pages (2003-07-17)
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Asin: 0195143612
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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From the stories suggested by the great cave paintings of the Paleolithic period to the thought experiments of modern scientists, From Olympus to Camelot provides a sweeping history of the development of the rich and varied European mythological tradition. David Leeming, an authority on world mythology, begins with a general introduction to mythology and mythological terms, and then turns to the stories themselves. Discussing well-known figures such as Zeus, Aphrodite, Thor, and Cuchulainn, and less familiar ones such as Perun, Mari, and the Sorcerer of Lescaux, Leeming illustrates and analyzes the enduring human endeavor to make sense of existence through deities and heroes.Following an initial exploration of the Indo-European sources of European mythology and the connections between the myths of Europe and those of India and Iran, the book proceeds to survey the major beliefs of Greek, Roman, Celtic, Germanic, Baltic, and Slavic cultures, as well as the mythologies of non-Indo-European cultures such as the Etruscans and the Finns. Among its contents are introductions to the pantheons of various mythologies, examinations of major mythological works, and retellings of the influential mythical stories. This work also examines European deities, creation myths, and heroes in the context of Christian belief, and considers the translation of traditional stories into the mythologies of modern European political, scientific, philosophical, and economic movements. European mythology is the core mythology of Western civilization. This wide-ranging volume offers a lively and informative survey, along with a provocative new way of understanding this fundamental aspect of European culture. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Form Olympus to Camelot, The World of European Mythology
This is an excellent book. Everyone should discover their pre christian past. This book gives insight into all the European Mythology including christianity. Leeming is an excellent writer. His explanations are concise and easy to read. ... Read more

18. The Scottish Reciter
 Paperback: 206 Pages (1993-10)
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19. A Little Book of Gaelic Proverbs (Little Scottish bookshelf)
Hardcover: 60 Pages (1996-06-27)

Isbn: 0862815967
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20. Scottish Traditional Tales
Paperback: 496 Pages (2003-07)
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This is an entertaining collection from Scotland, recorded and collected by researchers from the School of Scottish Studies at Edinburgh University over the past fifty years. ... Read more

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