Discovering the Folklore of Birds and Beasts

Venetia Newall



  • Shire Publications
  • 2008
  • ISBN 9780852631263
  • 72 Seiten
  • Softcover
  • 18 × 11.5 × 0.5 cm

Many of the beliefs and superstitions of early man were connected with animals which were credited with their own powers of speech and understanding and were also regarded as a source of cures for both mental and physical ailments. Modern expressions of speech still echo these beliefs – ‚the hair of the dog that bit you‘ – ‚a frog in the throat‘, and ‚being licked into shape‘. In this book Venetia Newall has compressed much of the folklore that surrounded domestic pets and wild animals to make a fascinating and very readable survey from adders to zebras.

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