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World Flutelore – Folktales, Myths, and Other Stories of Magical Flute Power - Illinois Scholarship Online
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World Flutelore: Folktales, Myths, and Other Stories of Magical Flute Power

Dale A. Olsen


In many places around the world, flutes and the sounds of flutes are powerful magical forces for seduction and love, protection, vegetal and human fertility, birth and death, and other aspects of human and nonhuman behavior. This book explores the cultural significance of flutes, flute playing, and flute players from around the world as interpreted from folktales, myths, and other stories—in a word, “flutelore.” A scholarly yet readable study, the book draws upon a range of sources in folklore, anthropology, ethnomusicology, and literary analysis. Describing and interpreting many examples of f ... More

Keywords: flutes, cultural significance, flute playing, flute players, secular expression, personal expression, religious expression, spiritual expression

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780252037887
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017 DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252037887.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Dale A. Olsen, author

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