American folklore

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  • Wendigo: Cannibalism in Native American Folklore

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    in Native American Folklore Connor Downie EN156-01: Mythology Professor Quinn 30March13 Lurking in the deep woods of the Northern United States and Southern Canada lies a mysterious and fearsome Native American monster, the Wendigo. The Wendigo is by far one of the most mysterious and feared monsters in not only in the Algonquian folklore which it is attributed to, but also other indigenous populations all over the world. Although this creature goes by many names in the Native American Tribes,

  • Native American Folklore As Mythology Essay

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    phenomenon. During the creation of Native American myths, “there was much in the way of free-range food, but hunting wasn't as easy as getting up in the morning, taking a stroll and shooting a few passing bison with your bow” (Godchecker). Times were tough, “even Plains societies who lived off the prolific buffalo fell under the threat of starvation at times” (Godchecker). Finally, “when herds were found, the people were grateful and

  • American Folklore By Jan Harold Brunvand

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    In the textbook, the study of American folklore by Jan Harold Brunvand, it gives the definition of a myth as “traditional pose narratives, which in the society in which they are told, are considered to be truthful accounts of what happened in the remote past” (Brunvand 170). Anthropologist William Bascom expressed that myths are similar to legends in the way they are told, described, and the main characters that they contain. However, myths vary from legends because they are revered and they take

  • The Interconnectedness Of Cultural Anthropology And Folk Literature

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    between folklore and anthropology1. Both these umbrella terms have many things in common but when it comes to folk literature and cultural anthropology, some distinctions become apparent. To say, hence, this paper is different in a sense that instead of dealing with the broad areas of folklore and anthropology, it looks at their branches and explores interconnectedness between them. Before moving further, one needs to understand the area of folklore and folk literature. American Folklore Society

  • Of The Archetypes Of A Phallus By Sophie Pollard

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    “Myths are the expression of the primordial images in the collective unconscious of man. In the beginning man had certain experiences and received them in their psyche in the form of images. Since they are the first images they are called archetypes of the collective unconscious.” The above cited paragraph is the opinion of Carl Gustav Jung (qtd. in Trivedi). According to Jung the unconscious patterns of age old impressions play a prominent part in the production of literature. They serve to gauge

  • Essay about An Analysis of Fairy Tales

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    love, fairy tales like Snow White and Cinderella among others have become children’s favorite bedtime stories. However, as parents tuck their sons and daughters in, they fail to realize that there is a much more daunting purpose to these stories. American writer and poet, Jane Yolen suggests that fairy tales indicate life values. Furthermore, Yolen insists that these tales are “thumbprints of history” (Yolen 27). Studying fairy tales in depth, she proves that the “functions of myths” consist of “creating

  • The Science Of Folklore By Richard Chase Essay

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    Just as considering Richard Chase’s version of the history of The American Märchen Jack Tales is naively one-dimensional, so is accepting the premise that every tale has a single, if meandering, path back to a single culture. The noted folklorist Dr. Alexander Krappe discusses the diffusion of tales in his book, The Science of Folklore. Dr. Krappe outlines that tales had two different dispersal modes depending on their method of diffusion; whether by land or sea. If a tale was diffused by land

  • The Differences Of The Brer Rabbit, By Alan Mcdonald

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    This essay could be compared with the African American folk story Brer rabbit and tar baby. This story is basically about a Brer fox who detested the Brer rabbit for bossing everyone around. The Brer fox only wanted to kill the Brer rabbit and end the infuriating behavior caused by it. One day the Brer fox made a Tar baby to trick the Brer rabbit. The Brer rabbit then finally stumbled across the treacherous trap. It tried talking and mingling with the tar baby but had got no response. Tar baby is

  • Mermaid Thesis Statement

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    Legend : Between Reality and Fiction A thesis Submitted to Nanyang Academy of Fine Art, Singapore By Raisa Aida Kardena Fashion Design Content INTRODUCTION Purpose of the study Methodology Chapter I 1.1 Folklore, Myth and Legend 1.2 How they live in the society Chapter II MERMAID AND ITS STORY IN THE HUMAN LIFE 2.1 What is Mermaid? 2.2 The belief among the people about mermaid 2.3 Some ambiguous scientific facts 2.4 Is there a real mermaid? Chapter III HUMAN PERCEPTION ON LEGEND AND MYTH

  • Folklore In Fairy Tales

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    Folklore by definition is: “traditional customs, tales, sayings, dances or art forms preserved among a people. 2) an often unsupported notion, story or saying that is widely circulated” (Merriam Webster Dictionary We use folklore in our daily lives without much thought. Every time we tell a joke, pass long an urban legend, repeat a saying or proverb you’ve heard, as well as every time you read a fairy tale to a child you are using verbal folklore. Oral