4th out of 56 books — 16 voters
The Forest in Folklore and Mythology
Fascinating compendium of facts, folklore, superstitions, myths, and anecdotes about trees and the forest. Describes forest customs, temples and sacred groves, mythical forest creatures, famous trees, unusual trees, tree worship, fossil trees, Yule logs, and much more. "If you have a feeling for the mystery and enchantment of the woods, you will want to own this book." — O...more
Paperback, 319 pages
Published December 19th 2001 by Dover Publications
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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.
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
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
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.