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The Folklore of Discworld by Terry Pratchett, Jacqueline Simpson

By Terry Pratchett, Jacqueline Simpson

Terry Pratchett joins up with a number one folklorist to bare the legends, myths and customs of Discworld, including worthwhile tricks from Planet Earth.

Most folks grew up having continually identified whilst to the touch wooden or pass our hands, and what occurs whilst a princess kisses a frog or a boy pulls a sword from a stone, but unfortunately a few of these issues are starting to be forgotten. Legends, myths, and fairy stories: our global is made of the tales we informed ourselves approximately the place we got here from and the way we came. it's the related on Discworld, other than that beings, which in the world are creatures of the mind's eye — like vampires, trolls, witches and, potentially, gods — are actual, alive and, sometimes kicking, at the Disc.

In The Folklore of Discworld, Terry Pratchett groups up with best British folklorist Jacqueline Simpson to take an irreverent but illuminating examine the residing myths and folklore which are mirrored, celebrated and affectionately libelled within the uniquely innovative universe of Discworld.

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Lords and Ladies] His role as a deity is to hear the occult voice of the prey. He is a good listener, but his success rate at answering prayers is not high. His worshippers, unfortunately, tend to die shortly after calling upon his name. How he got his name is an interesting example of interaction between one universe and another. At any one time there are millions of particles of inspiration and information pulsating through the multiverse, pouring out from the minds of various sentient species.

Then there was Quezovercoatl the Feathered Boa, a demon who went off to become a god to the humans of the Tezuman Empire and teach them how to cut the hearts out of one another on top of pyramids. It is thought that he had picked up his ideas from the Aztecs of Mexico, and likewise (more or less) his name. He was half-man, half-chicken, half-jaguar, half-scorpion, and half mad. However, he was also only six inches high, so when forced to manifest himself physically he came to a sad, squishy end.

The two heroines of the play decide to make a fool of a man who is pestering them by persuading him to disguise himself as a ghost and meet them at midnight under an oak tree in Windsor Park. Describing this ghost, one says: There is an old tale goes, that Herne the hunter, Sometime a keeper here in Windsor Forest, Doth all the winter time, at still midnight, Walk round about an oak, with great ragg舗d horns; And there he blasts the trees, bewitches cattle, And makes the cows yield blood, and shakes a chain In a most hideous and dreadful manner.

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