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Witches, Ghosts, and Signs: Folklore of the Southern Appalachians Paperback – March 25, 2008
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"Since the material in this book has come from the traditions of the people who live among the hills and mountains of West Virginia, people who are proud to be called mountaineers, I feel that it is important to tell something about these people whose ancestors chose as the motto of their state, 'Mountaineers Are Always Free.'" Patrick W. Gainer
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Witches, Ghosts, and Signs: Folklore of the Southern Appalachians by the renowned West Virginia folklorist and former West Virginia University English professor Patrick W. Gainer not only highlights stories that both amuse and raise goosebumps, but also begins with a description of the people and culture of the state. Based on material Gainer collected from over fifty years of field research in West Virginia and the region, Witches, Ghosts, and Signs presents the rich heritage of the southern Appalachians in a way that has never been equaled. Strange and supernatural tales of ghosts, witches, hauntings, disappearances, and unexplained murders that have been passed down from generation to generation from as far back as the earliest settlers in the region are included in this collection that will send chills down the spine.
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While my perspective as to the value of this book is colored by the privilege I had of being able to hear much of the subject matter first-hand from the author, I feel proud that the book is first and foremost of high scholarly value. It, and "Folk Songs From the West Virginia Hills" is a compilation of his field work and of his lectures during his time as a professor at West Virginia University. To see one of Dr. Gainer's works translated to Kindle is particularly pleasing to me, because it not only signifies the worth of the text, but it makes me wonder what he would have thought of an electronic reader. Having the Kindle edition available insures that this text will always be available to students and to anyone who wants to know more about early Appalachian culture.
I hope that "Folk Songs From the West Virginia Hills" also will be preserved in Kindle edition some day, for generations of students to come.
This book takes me back to my childhood,when the old folks would regale of of tales of ghosts and also of how they once lived.
This book gets five stars from me.
Not a reader myself, I gifted this book to my 93 yr old aunt, a retired teacher, who finds it very interesting and is really enjoying it.
I was lead to this book while searching ancestry records. It seems that a few of the stories in this book are about
our great grandmother (4th gg to me). Though those are the only portions I have read, I am quite certain my aunt will read it cover to cover.
A sincere thank you to the author Patrick W. Garnier, I will be searching for other books written by Gainer to purchase and read.
Thank you, Moonwillow