Discovering the Folklore of Birds and Beasts
By Venetia Newall
(Shire, Paperback, 9780852631263, 72pp.)
Publication Date: September 23, 2008
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Many of the beliefs and superstitions of early man were connected with animals which were credited with their own powers of speech and understanding and were also regarded as a source of cures for both mental and physical ailments. Modern expressions of speech still echo these beliefs - "the hair of the dog that bit you" - "a frog in the throat", and "being licked into shape". In this book Venetia Newall has compressed much of the folklore that surrounded domestic pets and wild animals to make a fascinating and very readable survey from adders to zebras.
Venetia Newall, MA, FRGS, FRSA, is an Anglo-American. She was a former correspondent of The Times who travelled in 120 foreign countries and wrote, lectured and broadcasted on folklore, contributing to many scholarly publications in this field.