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    Book Review – Legend of the Deer Woman & Other Tales to Warm the Hearth by Jack Finn

    Book Review Legend of the Deer Woman & Other Tales to Warm the Hearth by Jack Finn Self-published 279 Pages Release Date: July 12, 2023         Author Jack Finn’s collection of folktales and retellings is titled The Legend of the Deer Woman & Other Tales to Warm the Hearth. The intriguing title initially drew me in, and I just knew I had to read it! The book contains sixteen tales that center on legendary characters like gods, goddesses, animals, and other fantastical beings. I highly suggest this book to everyone who shares my enthusiasm for mythology and folklore. Some of the chapters are fascinating and enjoyable throughout.…

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    Teachings of the Mythic Past

    Animals in Slavic Spirituality, Part I: Heroic Hedgehog, The Practical & Prickly Protector “If wits were pins, the man would be a veritable hedgehog. – Frances Hardinge “The Fox knows many things-the hedgehog, one big one.” – Archilochus   Animals often make an appearance in folklore as symbols of the traits they are thought to embody. People have had a strong relationship with animals since the dawn of time. Among the many critters found in stories of yesterday, the hedgehog is more relevant than you may initially have thought – especially in Slavic spirituality and folklore. One tale tells the story of a hedgehog poking holes in the black of…