Western Folklore

Quarterly journal specializing in analysis of regional, national, and international folklore. Also focuses on development and critique of folklore theory.

Articles from Vol. 61, No. 2, Summer

Aliens, Ghosts, and Cults: Legends We Live
Aliens, Ghosts, and Cults: Legends We Live. By Bill Ellis. (Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2001. Pp. xv + 291, acknowledgments, introduction, notes, bibliography, index. $38.00 cloth).Bill Ellis has pulled together over twenty years of articles,...
A Tree Accurst: Bobby McMillan and Stories of Frankie Silver
A Tree Accurst: Bobby McMillan and Stones of Frankie Silver. By Daniel W. Patterson. (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2000. Pp. xii + 224, acknowledgments, photographs, illustrations, appendices, notes, bibliography, index. $49.95 cloth,...
Contes Tendres, Contes Cruels Du Sahel Nigerien
Contes tendres, contes cruels du Sahel nigerien. By Genevieve Calame-Griaule. (Paris: Gallimard, 2002. Pp. 293, photographs, bibliography, index. 22.50 paper)In this book, the dean of French Africanist folklorists has revisited the treeless, drought-ridden...
Crypto-Mormons or Pseudo-Mormons?
Latter-day Saints and Russia's Indigenous New Religious MovementsIn 1990, when The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints established its first mission in Russia, Mormon1 missionaries almost immediately began hearing and passing on stories from...
Malarkey and Its Etymology
In the late 1960s and early 70s, Peter Tamony's musings on "Western Words" were a regular feature of these pages. In 1974, he turned his attention to "Malarkey: TAD, and Its San Francisco Roots," after quoting the definition of malarkey in the "Third...
Native American Oral Traditions: Collaboration and Interpretation
Native American Oral Traditions: Collaboration and Interpretation. Edited by Larry Evers and Barre Toelken. Foreword by John Miles Foley. (Logan: Utah State University Press, 2001. Pp. xvi + 242. $39.95 cloth, $19.95 paper)In Native American Oral Traditions...
Neo-Pagan Sacred Art and Altars: Making Things Whole
Neo-Pagan Sacred Art and Altars: Making Things Whole. By Sabina Magliocco. (Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2001. Pp. xii + 76, preface, notes, bibliography, photographs. $40.00 cloth, $18.00 paper)Sabina Magliocco's empathic narrative discloses...
Purposeful Deceptions of the April Fool
The first of April, some do say,Is set apart for all Fools' Day.But why the people call it so,Nor I, nor they themselves do know.But on this day are people sentOn purpose for pure merriment.Poor Robin's Almanac (1760)As I sift through childhood memories...
The Lancashire Pace-Egg Play: A Social History
The Lancashire Pace-Egg Play: A Social History. By Eddie Cass. (London: FLS Books, n.d. [2001]. Pp. xiv + 257, preface, introduction, photographs, illustrations, appendices, bibliography, index. L13.95 paper)In the best of all possible folklore scholarship...
Womens Mid-Life Rites of Passage and "The Goddess of Hysterectomy"
We call it the change of life. It begins in mid-life, usually somewhere between 40 and 55, and can last for roughly a decade, its many and varied particularities appearing only in women. Menopause, whether naturally occurring or medically induced, is...
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