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Serpent, siren, maelstrom & myth : sea stories & folktales from around the world  Cover Image Book Book

Serpent, siren, maelstrom & myth : sea stories & folktales from around the world / retold and interpreted by Gerry Smith.

Smyth, Gerry, 1961- (author.).


"The sea is beautiful and alluring, but it is also dangerous and deadly. Above all, it is unknowable and untamable. Storytelling offered our ancestors a means to understand and interact with the natural world, and in time these stories coalesced into the mythological systems of the world. And the ocean features in every mythological system in history. To reflect and explore this phenomenon, Gerry Smyth gathers together myths and folktales from cultures around the world: Native American, Caribbean, Polynesian, Persian, Indian, Scandinavian, and European. Just as these stories have been passed down through generations, he brings his own narrative interpretation with additional discussion on their meaning. 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--and embellished with artworks, paintings, medieval illuminations, maps, and sailor sketches drawn from the wide-ranging collections of the British Library" -- From publisher's web site.

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  • ISBN: 9780295752310
  • ISBN: 0295752319
  • Physical Description: 295 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), maps (some color) ; 24 cm
  • Publisher: Seattle [Washington] : University of Washington Press, [2023]

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 287-289) and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Introduction -- Origin stories -- Gods and humans -- Voyages -- Lost places, imagined spaces -- Weather and nature -- Down to the sea in ships -- Fabulous beasts.
Subject: Seas > Mythology.
Seas > Folklore.
Ocean > Folklore.
Tales > History and criticism.
Ocean > Mythology.
Genre: Folklore.

Available copies

  • 1 of 1 copy available at Missouri Evergreen. (Show)
  • 1 of 1 copy available at Poplar Bluff Municipal Library District. (Show)
  • 1 of 1 copy available at Poplar Bluff - Main Library.


  • 0 current holds with 1 total copy.
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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Poplar Bluff - Main Library 398.32 SMYTH (Text)
Memorial: In Memory Of: Donald Lee Robbins. Presented By: The Board of Trustees, Poplar Bluff Municipal Library.
38420101827695 NON-FICTION Available -

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