- Taschenbuch: 192 Seiten
- Verlag: Pelican Pub Co La Gretna; Auflage: Pelican. (31. August 1998)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1565543467
- ISBN-13: 978-1565543461
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 15,5 x 1,4 x 22,8 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 4 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 751.369 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
Halloween: An American Holiday, an American History (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 31. August 1998
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Provides the history behind Halloween and how it became an American holiday. Well-researched and packed with information and nuggets of fascinating lore on every page, yet the author eschews dry academic prose -- it's like listening to an erudite friend explain his/her area of expertise. A good source for the history behind Halloween.
The definitive book on Halloween - a must read!
According to Allison Guss, senior producer of "The Haunted History of Halloween," The History Channel, "Lesley Bannatyne's fascinating book...will be widely appealing to anyone who ever wondered where witches, trick-or-treating, and jack-o-lanterns really came from. It is by far the best book on the history of Halloween available today."
This well-researched and documented account on Halloween, the fasted growing holiday in America, is a must read for anyone who enjoys the holiday as well as appreciates the rich history behind it. Recognized as one of the nation's foremost authorities on Halloween, Lesley Pratt Bannatyne has shared her vast knowledge of Halloween in televisions speciales for Nickelodeon and The History Channel.
Lesley's book is the only one available that tells the whole story of the holiday in an entertaining, fact-filled way. If follows Halloween from its ancient Celtic sources through its mixing of traditions as immigrants settled in America, to its present-day incarnation.
Halloween is great for anyone who wants to learn: * Why there is a sudden rise in popularity among adults * What Halloween is and where it came from * The different customs of celebrating the holiday in the US and abroad * Where we get our traditions of Halloween such as dressing in costume, trick-or-treating, bobbing for apples, etc. * If this holiday is truly dangerous or if it is simply a harmless diversion
Related anecdotes, recipes, poems, songs, pictures and crafts compliments this definitive history of Halloween. Read this to be entertained and educated.Alle Produktbeschreibungen
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My only negative comment of the book would be that some of the pre-American history of the book - that of the ancient Druid's Samhain is inaccurate. No other scholarly writing has ever substantiated that the Celts had a God of the dead known as "Samhain" or that they worshipped a Phoenician deity known as Baal. Belenos is a Celtic God name, but not a relation of Baal! Still, these are small glitches in an otherwise stellar book. I do recommend it to any folk historian or lover of the holiday!
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This book mentions the origin of the Dumb Supper. I remember my mother telling me that her grandmother told her about an attempt to celebrate a Dumb Supper. Most interesting. It confirms for me what my grandmother told me when I asked her where our family came from. She said "all I ever heard was 'old Black Arish' (hear Irish) ".
Beside just being fun, I'm sure there's something specific for most of the nationalities that comprise our country.