The Return of the Light: Twelve Tales From Around The World For The Winter Solstice by Carolyn McVickar Edwards
Paperback, 178 pages
Published November 1st 2000 by Da Capo Press
CELEBRATE THE RETURN OF THE SUN, THE RETURN OF THE LIGHT
The winter solstice, the day the “sun stands still,” marks the longest night and the shortest day of the year (it occurs either on December 20 or 21). Celebrations honoring the winter solstice as a moment of transition and renewal date back thousands of years and occur among many peoples on every continent. Now The Return of the Light makes an ideal companion for everyone who carries on this tradition, no matter what their faith. Storyteller Carolyn McVickar Edwards retells twelve traditional tales–from North America, China, Scandinavia, India, Africa, South America, Europe, and Polynesia–that honor this magical moment. These are stories that will renew our wonder of the miracle of rebirth and the power of transition from darkness into light.
Myths shape us, and in this modern world many of us tend to forget that. These twelve myths are simply retold by the author, are rich in diversity and come from a range of countries. They explain where some of our traditional holiday customs come from, from pagan rituals to Christianity.