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The Folklore of Birds (Collins New Naturalist Library, Book 39)电子书

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作       者:Edward A. Armstrong

出  版  社:Collins

出版时间:2012-05-31

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Tracing the magico-religious beliefs surrounding birds as far back in time as is possible, to the cultures in which these beliefs arose. This edition is exclusive to newnaturalists.com Edward A Armstrong is already known to readers of the New Naturalist as the author of the remarkable study on the wren. His wide scholarship and talents have fitted him outstandingly for this book, which could only have been written by a man with his deep understanding, not only of ornithology, but of social anthropology, psychology and comparative religion. Mr Amstrong has selected a number of familiar birds - such as the swan, the raven, the owl, the robin and the wren - and has traced magico-religious beliefs concerning them as far back as possible to the cultures in which these beliefs arose. With the scientist’s eye and methods of analysis he has examined the development of myth and ritual with originality and ingenuity. Many odd and interesting facts are cited, and explanations are given, for example of the customs of breaking the wish-bone, and of fables concerning weather-prophet birds and the generation of the Barnacle Goose from shell-fish. This book is the first treatment of a group of folklore beliefs as a series of artefacts are treated by an archaeologist, classifying them in order according to epochs. Archaeological data, as well as oral and literary traditions, have been used to illustrate the origins and significance of the current folklore. The illustrations are of exceptional quality and consist of over 140 carefully chosen photographs and line drawings from worldwide sources.
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The Folklore of Birds

Edward A. Armstrong

Editors

Table of Contents

EDITORS’ PREFACE

AUTHOR’S PREFACE

CHAPTER 1 THE PREHISTORIC BACKGROUND TO BIRD FOLKLORE

CHAPTER 2 THE MICHAELMAS GOOSE

CHAPTER 3 BIRD-MAIDENS

CHAPTER 4 THE RAIN-GOOSE

CHAPTER 5 THE BIRD OF DOOM AND DELUGE

CHAPTER 6 THE THUNDERBIRD

A NOTE ON THE THUNDERBIRD CONCEPT

CHAPTER 7 NIGHT’S BLACK AGENTS

CHAPTER 8 THE KING OF BIRDS

CHAPTER 9 THE WREN HUNT AND PROCESSION

ENGLAND

SCOTLAND

FRANCE

THE DEATH OF THE WREN

WALES

ISLE OF MAN

IRELAND

THE WREN HUNT AND THE FOLK PLAY IN IRELAND

EXPLANATION OF THE WREN HUNT

THE ORIGIN OF THE WREN HUNT

CHAPTER 10 FIRE-BIRDS

The Robin & the Wren

The Swallow

CHAPTER 11 SONG-BIRDS AND TOADS

Nightingale, Yellowhammer, Lark, Stonechat & Wheatear

CHAPTER 12 THE HARBINGER OF SPRING

The Cuckoo

CHAPTER 13 WINGED SOULS

SILENCE BROKEN BY A MOTHER’S SONG

THE SEVEN WHISTLERS AND THEIR KIN

CHAPTER 14 BIRD FISH

BIBLIOGRAPHICAL INDEX AND CHAPTER REFERENCES

CHAPTER 1

CHAPTER 2

CHAPTER 3

CHAPTER 4

CHAPTER 5

CHAPTER 6

CHAPTER 7

CHAPTER 8

CHAPTER 9

CHAPTER 10

CHAPTER 11

CHAPTER 12

CHAPTER 13

CHAPTER 14

SELECT BIBLIOGRAPHY

INDEX

Part I PROPER NAMES

Part II BIRDS

Part III SUBJECTS

B&W Plates

Colour Plate

Acknowledgments

Other Works by the same Author

Copyright

About the Publisher

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