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  • The Dancing Goddesses | Elizabeth Wayland Barber

    The Dancing Goddesses

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Wayland Barber
    • Narrated By Julia Farhat
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    From southern Greece to northern Russia, people have long believed in female spirits, bringers of fertility, who spend their nights and days dancing in the fields and forests. So appealing were these spirit-maidens that they also took up residence in 19th-century Romantic literature. Archaeologist and linguist by profession, folk dancer by avocation, Elizabeth Wayland Barber has sleuthed through ethnographic lore and archaeological reports of east and southeast Europe, translating enchanting folktales about these "dancing goddesses" as well as eyewitness accounts of traditional rituals - texts that offer new perspectives on dance in agrarian society.

    Bernadette Starling says: "Great book But..."
  • When They Severed Earth from Sky: How the Human Mind Shapes Myth | Elizabeth Wayland Barber,Paul T. Barber

    When They Severed Earth from Sky: How the Human Mind Shapes Myth

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Wayland Barber, Paul T. Barber
    • Narrated By Beth Richmond
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    Why were Prometheus and Loki envisioned as chained to rocks? What was the Golden Calf? Why are mirrors believed to carry bad luck? How could anyone think that mortals like Perseus, Beowulf, and St. George actually fought dragons, since dragons don't exist? Strange though they sound, however, these "myths" did not begin as fiction.

    Stanley says: "The Volcano Book"
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