Author; David Pickering
Cassell Dictionary of Folklore is a treasure-trove of intriguing and even arcane information. In-depth articles on a range of everyday themes - dreams, numbers, nursery rhymes and the weather to name but a few - offer detailed coverage of their often surprising folkloric associations. Of particular fascination are the articles describing the popular beliefs and remedies linked with hundreds of plants, birds and animals. In addition, The Cassell Dictionary of Folklore features a colourful and cosmopolitan cast of popular heroes and folkloric characters - from the well-known William Tell and Rumpelstiltskin, to the lesser-known English outlaw Clym of the Clough and the heroic Wild Edric of Shropshire. Here too are fabulous beasts and beings a-plenty: elves, ghosts, goblins, pixies, sorcerers, vampires, werewolves, wraiths and wiverns, and a bewildering array of sprites and spirits both malevolent and benign, from the man-hating wili of Slavic mythology to the cosily familiar Easter Bunny of modern American tradition.