The Great Bear: A Thematic Anthology of Oral Poetry in the Finno-Ugrian Languages

By: Honko, Lauri ; Senni Timonen; Michael Branch

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Over a period of fifteen years, the authors of this beautiful volume have collected and translated 450 orally transmitted poems, songs, charms, prayers, and laments from Finno-Ugrian languages such as Finnish, Estonian, and Lapp. Presented in both English and the original languages, these works offer unique insights into the worldview and lives of pre-literate peoples in various stages of cultural and social development. The poems reveal the beliefs, perceptions, and artistic genius of fifteen peoples scattered across Northern Europe from Scandinavia, deep into Russia and beyond the Urals, and of the Hungarians in Central Europe. Magnificently produced, with more than forty-five illustrations, the book begins with contexualizing essays on the Finno-Ugrian peoples, oral poetry, and the beliefs and ritual practices reflected in the poems. The poems themselves are arranged thematically, according to such topics as cosmology, hunting, agriculture, animal husbandry, love, marriage, healing, and death. They are followed by a poem-by-poem commentary which contextualizes and explicates the text.

Title: The Great Bear: A Thematic Anthology of Oral Poetry in the Finno-Ugrian Languages

Author: Honko, Lauri ; Senni Timonen; Michael Branch

Categories: Poetry, Foreign Language,

Publisher: Oxford University Press / Finnish Literature Society: 1994

ISBN Number: 0195210921

ISBN Number 13: 9780195210927

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition: Fair

Jacket Condition: Good

Type: Foreign Language

Size: XL

Seller ID: 141956

Description: Underlining in green ink to approximately one fifth of the text, mostly at the beginning. Full gray cloth boards. Edge wear to dust jacket. 788 pages. 8 3/8"w x 9 3/8"h. "These 450 poems, songs, charms, prayers and laments in the original languages and in English convey the worldview and an insight into the lives of pre-literate peoples in various stages of cultural and social development. The texts illustrated the beliefs, perceptions, and artistic genius of fiteen peoples scattered across Northern Europe from Scandinavia, deep into Russian and beyond the Urals, and of the Hungarians in Central Europe."

Keywords: Poetry, Central Europe, Pre-Literate, Scandinavia, Russia, Finno-Ugrarian, Language, Oral,