The Blood Libel Legend: A Casebook in Anti-Semitic Folklore
Univ of Wisconsin Press, Oct 15, 1991 - Religion - 385 pages
Alan Dundes, in this casebook of an anti-Semitic legend, demonstrates the power of folklore to influence thought and history. According to the blood libel legend, Jews murdered Christian infants to obtain blood to make matzah. Dundes has gathered here the work of leading scholars who examine the varied sources and elaborations of the legend. Collectively, their essays constitute a forceful statement against this false accusation.
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The "blood libel'' legend, which perpetuates the falsehood that Jews engaged in ritualistic child murder, was born more than nine centuries ago and has corrupted the history of various religions and ... Read full review