Serpent, Siren, Maelstrom & Myth Sea Stories and Folktales from Around the World | Gerry Smyth
Another beautifully illustrated title from the British Library, this one collecting together sea stories and folktales from across the globe.
The sea is beautiful and alluring; it is also perilous and deadly. Above all, it is unknowable and untameable. Storytelling offered our ancestors a way to make sense of, and interact with, the natural world, and in time their stories evolved into myth. legend, romantic tales of pirates and seafarers, and realistic novels of life at sea.
The narrative fund of sea stories is rich and broad, and in this collection Gerry Smyth gathers, retells and interprets twenty-eight tales from around the world - Indigenous American, Caribbean, Polynesian, Scandinavian, Celtic and others. These stories that have been passed down the generations tell us much about what it is to be human: subject to the extraordinary forces of nature; curious to encounter other people from far-distant lands; and hungry to voyage beyond the horizon and explore the oceans.
The stories are divided into seven sections: Origin Stories; Gods and Humans; Voyages; Lost Places, Imagined Spaces; Weather and Nature; Down to the Sea in Ships; and Fabulous Beasts. Gerry Smyth explains the rich and fascinating cultural background to each tale and they are illustrated with artworks from the British Library collections.
Size: 156 x 234mm
Publisher: British Library