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Discover the truth behind the myths of the Emerald Isle Forget about shamrocks, leprechans, and all that blarney;101 Things You Didn't Know about Irish Historydispels the myths and tells the true story of the Irish. Inside, you'll learn about: Lives of the ancient Celts before the British invasions Famous Irish including Michael Collins, Charles Parnell#151;and Bono! The potato famine and emigration (were there really gangs of New York?) Irish music and dance Complete with an Irish language primer and pronunciation guide,101 Things You Didn't Know about Irish Historyis an informative reference for anyone who loves the Irish.
Packed with historical information and cultural insights, this fascinating guide is your ticket to the past, present, and future of the Emerald Isle.
Every culture and time has its myths. You might say that myths help us to understand people, since just like people they can be inspirational and beautiful, as well as cruel and violent. The main players in mythology are the original drama kings and queens - they hang themselves in shame, poke out their own eyes, rule cities, and marry their relatives - and the fun doesn't stop there! If you want all the scoop on gods and goddesses, fates and furies, monsters and heroes from around the world, Mythology for Dummies is the Who's Who of mythological figures that you can't do without. It's no secret that mythology can be confusing for anyone. From cultural hero Johnny Appleseed, to manly Odysseus, to femme fatale Aphrodite, and those pesky Cyclops running amuck on that faraway island, Mythology for Dummies covers all the bases, including information on: Greek mythology, Homer's Iliad and Odyssey; Roman mythology, Virgil's Aeneid, Beowulf; Non-European mythology. Also, this book will get you up to speed on the heavy stuff-like how mythology intersects with our lives, and explores the meaning of existence. Organized into chapters on specific topics, it breaks down the common types of myths and mythological figures, and offers plain-English explanations of how myths have appeared in cultures throughout the ages. You'll find what you need to know on these topics and many more: What makes myths different from legends and fairy tales. Greek creation myths and those really ancient Greek Gods: The Olympian Gods (taller, younger, and better looking than you). The Greek goddesses (the fairest and the meanest of them all). Heroes - made, born, and re-born. Mythological places from Elysium Fields, to Atlantis, and Xanadu. Roman religion - how it was begged, borrowed, and stolen. You'll also enjoy helpful features like charts comparing major figures, and a tear-out tip-sheet with a timeline of world civilizations. Whether you want to dabble in the wonders of mythology or get serious, Mythology for Dummies will demystify the subject, and show you how important myths can be to a culture. You'll never say, "It's only a myth" again!
The magic and mystery of Ireland has been passed down from family to family for generations. This rich history has journeyed across the ocean and lives on in colorful stories told by those who treasure their Irish heritage. From the lives of ancient Celts to the history of Irish stepdancing, this unique and authoritative guide dispels the myths and offers the authentic history of Ireland and sheds light on the true legends of the land. Inside, you'll discover: Who St. Patrick really was The story behind "Sunday Bloody Sunday" Scandals in the Irish Church Coming to America and the real gangs of New York The spooky truth behind Celtic lore Complete with an Irish language primer and pronunciation guide, The Myths, Legends, and Lore of Ireland is your informative pot of gold!
Fáilte! Brew yourself a cuppa and settle in to discover...Why Do People Kiss the Blarney Stone? It's the closest you can feel to the Emerald Isle without boarding a plane! You'll tickle your noggin with spirited questions, including: How did a white bull start a war? What is Brian Boru's connection to Guinness? Why was 1847 known as Black '47? Where does peat come from? What's so special about the Book of Kells? This terrific little tome provides the answers to those questions and many more. With information on Irish history, mythology, and culture, you'll be able to go on and on about anything and everything about The Old Sod.
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