Celebrating Latino Folklore: An Encyclopedia of Cultural Traditions, Volume 1

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ABC-CLIO, 2012 - Social Science - 1329 pages
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Latino folklore comprises a kaleidoscope of cultural traditions. This compelling three-volume work showcases its richness, complexity, and beauty.

Latino folklore is a fun and fascinating subject to many Americans, regardless of ethnicity. Interest in--and celebration of--Latin traditions such as Día de los Muertos in the United States is becoming more common outside of Latino populations. Celebrating Latino Folklore: An Encyclopedia of Cultural Traditions provides a broad and comprehensive collection of descriptive information regarding all the genres of Latino folklore in the United States, covering the traditions of Americans who trace their ancestry to Mexico, Spain, or Latin America.

The encyclopedia surveys all manner of topics and subject matter related to Latino folklore, covering the oral traditions and cultural heritage of Latin Americans from riddles and dance to food and clothing. It covers the folklore of 21 Latin American countries as these traditions have been transmitted to the United States, documenting how cultures interweave to enrich each other and create a unique tapestry within the melting pot of the United States.

  • 300 A-Z entries that describe the myriad topics of Latino folklore
  • Contributions from distinguished scholars from across the United States
  • Photographs, paintings, and documents that supplement and enhance the essays
  • A short bibliography of suggested readings accompanies each essay


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María Herrera-Sobek, PhD, is associate vice chancellor for diversity, equity, and academic policy and professor of Chicana/o studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

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