Folklore of Birds and Beasts
By (author) Venetia Newall
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Folklore of Birds and Beasts by Venetia Newall
Book DescriptionMany 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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Book DetailsISBN: 9780852631263
(177mm x 113mm x 8mm)
Imprint: Shire Publications Ltd
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publish Date: 30-May-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Author Biography - Venetia Newall
Venetia Newall, MA, FRGS, FRSA, is an Anglo-American. She was a former correspondent of The Times who travelled in 120 foreign countries and wrote, lectured and broadcasted on folklore, contributing to many scholarly publications in this field.
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