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Spirits, Fairies, Leprechauns, and Goblins: An Encyclopedia
by Carol Rose
Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0393317927, Paperback)
A fabulously entertaining work with over 100 delightful illustrations--Library Journal calls Spirits, Fairies, Leprechauns, and Goblins its "favorite work of 1996."In more than 2,000 alphabetically arranged entries, readers will meet angels, demons, elves, encantados, fairies, familiars, keremets, nats, nymphs, and many other strange beings from around the world. Carol Rose introduces the reader to the little--and not so little--folk, delightfully various and, at the same time, strikingly similar from country to country. Wherever humans have lived, the supernatural beings have dwelt alongside us. People serve to explain the unexplainable--the strange disappearance of a traveler in a dark wood, that odd thumping in the attic, the fresh cream turned sour overnight. Often they reveal the stoic humor with which human societies have faced their difficulties. But whatever their source, our guilts, fears, dreams, or imaginations, the spirits have fascinated and enchanted us through the millennia. Chosen by Library Journal as a Best Reference Source.
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Spirits, Fairies, Gnomes, and Goblins: An Encyclopedia of the Little People examines both the races of Little People, such as angels and encantados, and individuals, such as Tom Tit Tot and Maggie Molloch. More than 2,000 alphabetically organized entries list the being's popular name, region of origin, and physical description and tell the story of its relationship to humans. With its meticulous system of cross-references that connects similar beings from different cultures and periods, the book is an essential aid for students, folklorists, authors, and anthropologists. Appendixes list Little People by region and type, and more than 100 black and white illustrations bring them exuberantly to life.
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