Encyclopedia of Women's Folklore and Folklife, 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 0313088136
  • ISBN-13: 9780313088131
  • DDC: 398.352
  • Grade Level Range: 9th Grade - College Senior
  • 1000 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2008 | Published/Released May 2010
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2008

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Overview

From the stone age to the cyber age, women and men have experienced the world differently. Out of a cosmos of goddesses and she-devils, earth mothers and madonnas, witches and queens, saints and whores, a vast body of women's folklore has come into bloom. International in scope and drawing on more than 130 expert contributors, this encyclopedia reviews the myths, traditions and beliefs central to women's daily lives. More than 260 alphabetically arranged entries cover the lore of women across time, space and life. Students of history, religion and spirituality, healing and traditional medicine, literature, and world cultures will value this encyclopedia as an indispensable guide to women's folklore.

In addition, there are entries on women's folklore and folklife in 15 regions of the world, such as the Caribbean, Central Asia, the Middle East, and Western Europe. Entries provide cross-references and cite works for further reading, and the encyclopedia closes with a selected bibliography of print and electronic resources. Students learning about history, world cultures, religion and spirituality, healing and traditional medicine, and literature will welcome this companion to the daily life of women across time and continents.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Editorial Board.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Dedication.
Contents.
List of Entries.
Guide to Related Topics.
Preface.
Acknowledgments.
1: Overview Essays.
2: Women's Folklore.
3: Folklore About Women.
4: Folklore of Subversion.
5: Women Folklorists.
6: Abortion.
7: Activism.
8: Adoption.
9: Aesthetics.
10: Aging.
11: Altar, Home.
12: American Folklore Society—Women's Section.
13: Androgyny.
14: Aphrodisiac.
15: Assault, Supernatural.
16: Autograph Book.
17: Babysitting.
18: Ballad.
19: Banshee.
20: Barbie Doll.
21: Barker, Ma.
22: Basketmaking.
23: Bat Mitzvah.
24: Beadwork.
25: Beauty.
26: Beauty Contest.
27: Beauty Queen.
28: Belly Dance.
29: Best Friend.
30: Birth Chair.
31: Birthdays.
32: Blind Folklore.
33: Bloody Mary.
34: Body Modification and Adornment.
35: Borden, Lizzie.
36: Breastfeeding.
37: Brideprice.
38: Calamity Jane.
39: Camplore.
40: Charivari/Shivaree.
41: Chastity.
42: Cheerleading.
43: Childbirth and Childrearing.
44: Cinderella.
45: Class.
46: Clique.
47: Coding.
48: Consciousness Raising.
49: Cosmetics.
50: Courtship.
51: Couvade.
52: Cowgirl.
53: Crafting.
54: Crime-Victim Stories.
55: Croning.
56: Cross-Dressing.
57: Curandera.
58: Cursing.
59: Cyberculture.
60: Daughter.
61: Deaf Folklore.
62: Death.
63: Diet Culture.
64: Divination Practices.
65: Divorce.
66: Dolls.
67: Doula.
68: Dowry.
69: Elder Care.
70: Embroidery.
71: Engagement.
72: Erotic Folklore.
73: Ethnicity.
74: Eve.
75: Evil Eye.
76: Family Folklore.
77: Fans, Language of.
78: Farm Women's Folklore.
79: Fashion.
80: Female Genital Cutting.
81: Feminisms.
82: Festival.
83: Fieldwork.
84: Film.
85: First Nations of North America.
86: Flowers, Language of.
87: Folk Art.
88: Folk Belief.
89: Folk Costume.
90: Folk Custom.
91: Folk Dance.
92: Folk Drama.
93: Folk Group.
94: Folk Medicine.
95: Folk Music and Folksong.
96: Folk Photography.
97: Folk Poetry.
98: Folklife.
99: Folklore Feminists Communication.
100: Folklore Studies Association of Canada.
101: Folktale.
102: Foodways.
103: Fortune-Teller.
104: Gardens.
105: Gender.
106: Girl Scouts/Girl Guides.
107: Girls’ Folklore.
108: Girls’ Games.
109: Glass Ceiling.
110: Goddess Worship.
111: Gossip.
112: Graffiti.
113: Grandmother.
114: Graves and Gravemarkers.
115: Gullah Women's Folklore.
116: Hair.
117: Handclapping Games.
118: Helpmate.
119: Henna Art/Mehndi.
120: Herbs.
121: Hip-Hop Culture/Rap.
122: Home Birth.
123: Homeless Women.
124: Housekeeping.
125: Humor.
126: Immigration.
127: Indian Maiden.
128: Infertility.
129: Initiation.
130: Jewish Women's Folklore.
131: Jingle Dress.
132: Joke.
133: Jump-Rope Rhymes.
134: Knitting.
135: La Llorona.
136: Lacemaking.
137: Lament.
138: Laundry.
139: Legend, Local.
140: Legend, Religious.
141: Legend, Supernatural.
142: Legend, Urban/Contemporary.
143: Lesbian and Queer Studies.
144: Lesbian Folklore.
145: Lilith.
146: Lilith Fair.
147: Local Characters.
148: Lullaby.