Unlike mythology's grand themes of creation, gods, and birth and death, folklore and fairytales celebrate the more fanciful adventures and experiences of magical creatures and larger than life figures. This companion volume to the popular Mythology for Storytellers is a treasury of favorite and little known tales from around the globe,from Africa, Asia, Europe, the Americas, Australia, and Oceania. It is an engaging, informative, and captivating one stop source for the world's folklore and tales. The introduction provides an informative overview of folklore, its purpose in world cultures and in contemporary society and popular culture. The book is then divided into four main sections, including tales of wonder, heroes, kindness repaid and hope and redemption, and fools and wise people. Each tale type and the stories that follow are introduced with historical and cultural information as well as examples of yet other versions of the story. A bibliography follows each retelling so readers can find more information on the cultures and stories from each. A select master bibliography facilitates research and a general index rounds out this volume.
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