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Beneath the Moon: Fairy Tales, Myths, and Divine Stories from Around the World Hardcover – Illustrated, Sept. 1 2020
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Many of the lessons we learn are shared stories passed among cultures and generations. In this riveting collection of fables and folktales from cultures across the globe, characters from beloved fairytales, cultural fables, ancient mythologies, and inspirational deities are brought to life, including Sleeping Beauty (Italy), Rapunzel (Germany), Jack and the Beanstalk (England), Our Lady of Guadalupe (Mexico), Sun God Ra (Egypt), the Crane Wife (Japan), and dozens more.
Lesser-known stories introduce characters such as the volcano goddess Pele from Hawaii; Mwindo, the wise and powerful king of the Nyanga people; and the strong and resilient Yennenga, mother of the Mossi people in Burkina Faso. The recurring themes of conquering evil, overcoming adversity, and finding love and companionship are woven throughout this collection.
Yoshi Yoshitani's art style is fresh and unique, featuring diverse and multicultural characters. Each story will be featured opposite a correlating illustration, both lush and vibrant.
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I grew up caught between two cultures. My paternal side was from Japan—they ate rice with pickled plums and decorated their walls with woodblock prints of Shinto shrines. My maternal side came to America on the Mayflower—they ate meatloaf and decorated their walls with keys from their old family farm in Rhode Island. So often my two halves felt irreconcilably different, but the one thing they had in common was their love of stories.
From my paternal side I heard the fairy tales of Princess Kaguya, Peach Momotaro, and Journey to the West. From my maternal side I heard the stories of Cinderella, Puss in Boots, and Jack and the Beanstalk. While the settings were very different for these stories, the themes of bright young adventurers, forbidden doors, and promised lands were paralleled in many of them. I came to appreciate that my two very different heritages shared much in common in their hearts. Books of myths and fairy tales became a way for me to appreciate every part of me.
My experience of a mixed household is becoming increasingly common with each generation. Families raise their children in cultures different from the ones the parents grew up in, and more families blend together to create whole new experiences. As people are becoming progressively multidimensional and label-defying, it is ever more important to expand our understanding of each other. And the best way I have learned to appreciate differences and similarities is through stories.
This collection of stories is meant to serve as a small window into many different cultures. The average reader will recognize a few but many more will be unfamiliar. Some readers will see two or more pieces of themselves never seen together before. Many readers will discover new favorites. As much as possible I’ve tried to indicate each story’s point of origin, but many stories are hard to pin down, especially those that traveled through trading thoroughfares such as the Silk Road. These stories may have been told in one culture about another culture or originated in yet a third culture. These mixes are confusing but ultimately reflect more about the storyteller, and inspire the stories we will tell tomorrow.
Finally, those familiar with the tarot will recognize repeating symbols such as cups, swords, coins, and staves in the imagery, and these seventy-eight illustrations form a tarot deck and booklet I created called the Tarot of the Divine. Like the tarot cards, each of these stories is equally relevant, and each offers valuable insights to the human experience.
I hope you enjoy this collection and leave wanting to learn even more about each other, all of us living beneath the same moon.
- Publisher : Ten Speed Press; Illustrated edition (Sept. 1 2020)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 176 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1984857223
- ISBN-13 : 978-1984857224
- Item weight : 590 g
- Dimensions : 15.82 x 1.78 x 24.89 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,249 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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That being said the art is beautiful. All the cards have a story in the book including all the minor arcana. I appreciate the range of backgrounds the stories are pulled from. This is definitely a sampling of stories that could inspire you to do further research. Book seems well made and inner cover art (and on the pages)is lovely.
I would have preferred a little more depth and detail to the stories and for there to be an easier way to line up cards and stories.
ETA: having finished the book I am downgrading to 3 stars. A bunch of myths are more just listing things about a character then a story. It’s a nice book but not at all needed for the deck.
Buy for the art or very general reference.
The pictures are beautiful and the colours are so bright and vibrant! There’s a different story on each page. I think it’s more for adults cause of some of the stories/myths.
There are tarot cards that you can purchase separately that match the fairytale and mythological characters in the book and they are absolutely stunning and extremely durable!!!
By Ember on February 23, 2021
By Olivia on August 25, 2021
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Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 17, 2021