Traditional Festivals: A Multicultural Encyclopedia, Volume 1
This illustrated reference work covers a wide range of festivals that have sacred origins and are, or have been, part of a folk tradition, a world religion, or a major civilization.
From Akitu to Yom Kippur, its 150+ entries look at the content and context of these festivals from a number of perspectives (including those relating to theology, anthropology, folklore, and social theory), tracing their historical development and variations across cultures. Readers will get a vivid sense of what each festival means to the people celebrating it; how each captures its culture's beliefs, hopes and fears, founding myths, and redemptive visions; and how each expresses the universal need of humans to connect their lives to a timeless spiritual dimension.
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Midsummer West 286
Bear Festival Japan 27
Naw Ruz Zoroastrianism Baháism 311
New Yam Festival Ewe 317
Fordicidia and Parilia Rome
New Year Islam 326
New Year Japan 327
Kasuga Festivals Japan
Games Greece 161
About the Author 549
Elevation of the Cross Christianity