A TREASURY OF MEXICAN FOLKWAYS by Frances Toor

A TREASURY OF MEXICAN FOLKWAYS

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KIRKUS REVIEW

The substantial sale rolled up by A Treasury of American Folklore point the way to the market for this encyclopedic work on folkways of our nearest neighbor to the South. And Frances Toor's name is such passport to any traveler who has been to Mexico and used her invaluable guidebook. As editor of the magazine Mexican Folkways, she has had intimate knowledge of the material here collected over a good many years, and has brought it together into one volume which will be a goldmine for the inquiring visitor, the student of Latin America, the folklore addicts, a growing clan. An opening section provides a synthesis of that part of Mexico's background which helps inform one's knowledge before dipping into the additional wealth. Here is a sketch of her history, of the findings from archaeological excavations, through successive cultures to the Conquest, the period following, and the Revolution. The bulk of the text concerns itself with pieces on the customs, myths, folklore, traditions, beliefs. The most colorful sections deal with fiestas, dances and songs, stories of saints, of heroes, of bandits, descriptions of exotic dances, accounts of customs and their sources. A dramatist- a motion picture producer- a lecturer, dealing with Mexico, would find this an essential reference tool.

Pub Date: May 21st, 1947
Publisher: Crown