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What is the connection between May Day and the Statue of Liberty? Between ancient solstice fires and Fourth of July fireworks? Between St. Valentine, the Groundhog, and the Virgin Mary? In The Book of the Year, Anthony Aveni offers fascinating answer… weiterlesen
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Titel: The Book of the Year: A Brief History of Our Seasonal Holidays
Autor/en: Anthony Aveni

ISBN: 0195171543
EAN: 9780195171549
Sprache: Englisch.
OXFORD UNIV PR

Februar 2004 - kartoniert - 192 Seiten

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What is the connection between May Day and the Statue of Liberty? Between ancient solstice fires and Fourth of July fireworks? Between St. Valentine, the Groundhog, and the Virgin Mary? In The Book of the Year, Anthony Aveni offers fascinating answers to these questions and explains the many ways humans throughout time have tried to order and give meaning to time's passing. Aveni traces the origins of modern customs tied to seasonal holidays, exploring what we eat, the games we play, the rituals we perform, and the colorful cast of characters we invent to dramatize holidays. Vividly written, filled with facts both curious and astonishing, this engrossing book allows us to hear that beat more clearly and to understand more fully the rhythms we all dance to throughout the year.

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Anthony Aveni is the Russell B. Colgate Professor of Astronomy and Anthropology at Colgate University and the author of several books, including Empires of Time and Conversing with the Planets.

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"An enchantingly readable, sophisticated yet utterly accessible tracing of major holidays and why and where they arose.... Anyone who digs into this lovely little book... will be quoting citations from it for the next generation."--Baltimore Sun
"Delightful.... Aveni's book provides entertaining glimpses into the cultural evolution of holidays, and explores our human desire to make time work in our favor."--Publishers Weekly
"Anthony Aveni never ceases to amaze me with his ability to explain in charming, intelligent prose the many ways that human societies have been shaped by the rhythms and cycles of the natural world. In The Book of the Year, he's done it again."--Steven Lagerfeld, Editor, The Wilson Quarterly
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