Legends of the city of Mexico by Thomas Allibone JanvierLegends of the city of Mexico by Thomas Allibone Janvier

Legends of the city of Mexico

byThomas Allibone Janvier

Paperback | January 7, 2012

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1910. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... INTRODUCTION THESE legends of the City of Mexico are of my finding, not of my making. They are genuine folk-stories. Each one of them is a true folk-growth from some obscure curious or tragical ancient matter that, taking hold upon the popular imagination, has had built up from it among the people a story satisfying to the popular heart. Many of them simply are historical traditions gone wrong: being rooted in substantial facts which have been disguised by the fanciful additions, or distorted by the sheer perversions, of successive generations of narrators through the passing centuries. Others of them have for their kernel some unaccounted-for strange happening that, appealing to the popular mind for an explanation, has been explained variously by various imaginative people of varying degrees of perception and of intelligence: whose diverse elucidations of the same mystery eventually have been patched together into a single story--that betrays its composite origin by the inconsistencies and the discrepancies in which it abounds. A few of them--starting out boldly by exalting some commonplace occurrence into a marvel--practically are cut from the whole cloth. All of them--and most obviously the most incredible of them--have the quality that gives to folk-stories in general their serious value: they reflect accurately the tone of thought, and exhibit more or less clearly the customs and the conditions, of the time to which they belong. Among the older people of the City of Mexico, alike the lettered and the unlettered, they still are cherished with a warm affection and are told with a lively relish --to which is added, among the common people, a lively faith. The too-sophisticated younger generation, unhappily, is neglectful and even scornful of them. Soo...

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Title:Legends of the city of MexicoFormat:PaperbackDimensions:34 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.07 inPublished:January 7, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217230261

ISBN - 13:9780217230261

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