A Night With the Hants & Other Alabama Folk Experiences

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Ray B. Browne
Popular Press, Dec 1, 1976 - Social Science
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This volume represents a good cross section of the folktales of Alabama, of all citizens from all parts of the state.

 

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Contents

The Setting
1
The Prophetic Cockleburr
5
The Dirt Dauber
48
Bumble Bee Murders
49
Old Cord Beds
51
XXVin The Heavy Hant
52
The Apron and the Grave
53
Traces of Indians
54
The BoneChild
153
The Child and the Snake
154
Getting Out of the White Caps 24
155
The Hant With a Lantern
156
The Four OClock Hant
157
Hants Never Bothered Him
158
The Scared Ford
159
The Chasing Hant
160

FortuneTelling
65
Time to Quit Gambling
72
Parallel Tales 1 Crying Saddlebags
83
Swinging Doors
84
Sheep Hants
85
Hant Women
86
Casket in a Light
87
Coffin in the Road
88
The Lonesome Woman 8
89
Who Wears the Pants?
90
Naming a Child
91
Religious Sects
92
Jim and the Roan Horse
93
The Preacher and the Bear
94
The Farmer and G P C
95
The HardHeaded Ghost
96
The Superfluous Brains
97
Baptist vs Methodist
98
On Church Architecture
99
Ignorant Jews
100
A Liars Remorse
101
Thieving Baptists
102
A Heap of Holes
103
Throwing the Dog into the Prayer Meeting
104
The Smart Dog
106
Death of Sallys Husband
107
Mountain Food
108
A Matter of Pronunciation
109
Powerful Fertilizer
110
The Irishman and the Watch
111
Impressive Vocabulary
112
Advance Out of There Backwards
113
Oklahoma Preacher
114
Hell Aint More Than Half a Mile Away
115
Pulling Cannon
116
The Sure Cure First
117
Mistake in Sex
118
The Boy and the Motorcycle
119
The Rattlesnake that Swallowed the Calf 10
120
The Stinging Snakes Stinger
121
The Nearness of God
122
The Unusual Tree 12
123
A Mysterious Traveler
124
Blow the Horn
125
The Two Fine Oxen I
126
Two Fine Oxen II
127
The Murrell Man in 1818
128
Shortage of Salt in Alabama in 186667
129
Unexplained Flight
130
The Cowboys Trick
131
The Evil Son
132
Music Has the Power
133
Tiger Licking the Children
134
Disobeying the Parents
135
The QuickWitted Woman
136
Hot Water and the Bear
137
The Unfriendly Neighbors
138
The Panther
139
Escaping the Panther
140
Escaping the Mountain Lion
142
The HardPulling Fish 14
143
Grab a Leg and Growl 16
145
Exploding Fireball I
146
Exploding Fireball III
147
Light as Hant
148
Floating Ball of Fire
149
Hant Light Ignored
150
The Ghostly Little Girl 23
151
African Food
152
Stone Battle Hollow Hant 26
161
Four OClock Wagon
163
HairBrained Fever 35
165
The Moving Leg
166
Gabriel and the Preacher
167
Who are You?
168
Hanted House
169
The Racing Cat I
170
The Race With the Ghost
171
In Bed With a Corpse
172
The Cured Crippled Boy
173
Run Big Ghost
174
Witch Cooking HogEye
175
My What a Lot of Cats
176
Rabbit in a Pumpkin
177
The Little Man 36
178
Ghostly Rosebushes and Piano
179
Big Black Booger
180
Woman With the Toothache
181
Rising of the Dead
182
Negroes on Dr Bartels Farm
183
The Bewitched Mill
184
Ghost Story
185
Story of a Haunted House
186
Story Told by L and J
187
Cats Mutilate Corpse
188
The Banging Coffin
189
Devil as Cat
190
Fighting Dogs As Ghost
191
Blanket as Ghost
192
Crazy Woman as Hant I
193
Duck as Hant
194
Goose as Ghost
195
Loud Noise as Hant
196
Snakes as Ghost
197
Corpse in the Glass Case
198
The Terrifying CoatTails
199
The Greatest Dare
200
Message From a Clicking Gate
201
The Hanted Gate First Version
202
Supernatural Paralysis
203
Ghost Grateful for Friendliness I
204
Dancing Ghost
205
Devil Plays the Guitar
206
Laying the Ghost
207
The Floating Chain 40
209
The SlowTrack Dogs 42
210
XXffl Two Big Coachwhips 45
211
A True Snake Story of Horse and Buggy Days
212
Parallel Tales 1 Indians Burn White Baby
213
Indians in the Everglades
214
Indian Story
215
Fight Indians With Boiling Lye
216
Indian Attack
217
Indian Skinned and Tanned
218
Digging in the Indian Grave 55
220
The Hanted House
223
The Climbing Hant
224
The Sizzling Innards
225
Lightning Recognizes Death Tree
226
Superstitious or Not Were Moving
227
The Silent CatGhost
228
Ghostly Old Barn Dance
229
Infidel Tests God 61
230
Index of Informants
232
Bibliography
239
Index of Motifs
259
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Ray Browne was born in Millport, Alabama, in 1922, and was educated at the University of Alabama, Columbia University, and the University of California at Los Angeles. As founder of the Popular Culture Association (1970) and of the Department of Popular Culture at Bowling Green University. Browne was an early advocate of applying serious study to popular culture. Roy B. Browne died on October 22, 2009.

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