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The Forest in Folklore and Mythology

3.66  ·  Rating Details ·  108 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
"If you have a feeling for the mystery and enchantment of the woods, you will want to own this book." — Outlook.
Assembled from an enormous range of sources, this fascinating book is a mind-expanding compendium of facts, folklore, superstitions, myths, and anecdotes about trees and the forest. Included are descriptions of old forests; forest customs, temples and sacred grov
Paperback, 319 pages
Published December 19th 2001 by Dover Publications
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Dec 13, 2008 Cwn_annwn_13 rated it really liked it
All kinds of stuff on forests and trees from various folklore, religion and mythology sources from cultures all over the world. Read this and go for a long walk in the woods alone at night and I doubt you won't believe there is something magic and spiritually alive in the forest.
Aug 30, 2011 Jennifer rated it really liked it
A nice collection of myths and legends, both secular and religious, involving forests or individual trees. The stories are briefly retold, usually a paragraph sufficing, and are drawn from all cultures and eras. Many will be familiar to lovers of folklore and myth, but others will be new. Porteous helpfully documents his sources thoroughly making it easy to find the full story behind a legend. Among others, there are chapters on forests of romance, on ancient groves, and on the mythological deni ...more
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Nov 03, 2013 Bendick Ong rated it liked it
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If you are researching in fables and myths regarding forests, this is the book to refer to. It gives you a comprehensive guide to trees and shrubs, as well as all legends, superstitions and stories that are related to them. Unfortunately, there is a lack of organization in this book. For example, it starts with general intro on forest of old and of present in Chpt 1 before going to related romance and myths in 2. Then it goes back to intro of forestry and groves in 3 before going to spirits, nym ...more
Feb 05, 2013 Bobby rated it it was ok
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A reprint that's dated and perhaps reflective of the writing style back when it was first published? (In 1928 I believe.) The book is full of interesting facts about trees (as the title states) but beyond the chapters heading/subheadings, there does not seem to be any organization or rather synthesis of the facts into something that would let the readers discern patterns or see the bigger picture. Once in a while there may be a page or two at most about something so one gets some depth. Unfortun ...more
Oct 19, 2012 Robert rated it it was ok
I found this book for the intent of reading more about "sacred groves" and my fascination with a fictional tribe of people in a video game (Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time). I admit I didn't read the whole thing. Even so, I was impressed how the author described the feeling of reverence to be felt when discovering a small, quiet glade in the forest.
Feb 05, 2011 Colin rated it liked it
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A Dover reprint of one of those grand old collections of random assorted lore on a particular topic, in this case, "The Forest" - mythology, folktales, and lore associated with forests from all over the world.
Micaela Muldoon
Kind of jumpy and with incomplete-feeling entries, but at least it gave some good sources.
Feb 08, 2010 Monica marked it as to-read
Recommended to Monica by: Abigail
This will be on my next Dover order, thanks!
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