Kipling. Jungle Book.

Today's free book is The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling. For the table of contents, check at the bottom of this post below the image.

The book is available at Project Gutenberg, Internet Archive, Hathi Trust, Google Books, and a free audiobook at LibriVox. Amazon has a free Kindle ebook.


I have not been able to find out the name of the illustrator; I've made a Flickr collection.


Table of Contents

Mowgli's Brothers
Hunting-Song of the Seeonee Pack
Kaa's Hunting
Road-Song of the Bandar-Log
"Tiger! Tiger!"
Mowgli's Song
The White Seal
Lukannon
"Rikki-Tikki-Tavi"
Darzee's Chant
Toomai of the Elephants
Shiv and the Grasshopper
Her Majesty's Servants
Parade Song of the Camp Animals




Reider. Japanese Demon Lore

Today's free book is Japanese Demon Lore: Oni, From Ancient Times to the Present by Noriko T. Reider. For the table of contents, check at the bottom of this post below the image.

This book was published very recently (2010), and thanks to the author's generosity, you can read it for free at Hathi Trust; instead of the usual copyright, the book has a Creative Commons license. Thank you to the author and Utah State University Press for making that possible!



An Overview: What are Oni? 
Origins, Etymology and Formation of Oni 
The Japanese Line 
The Chinese Line 
The Buddhist Line 
The Onmyodo Line 
Characteristics of Oni 
Cannibalism 
Transformation Power 
The Other: The Oppressed, Alienated, and Isolated 
Lightning 
Prosperity 

Shuten Doji (Drunken Demon): A Medieval Story of the Carnivalesque and the Rise of Warriors and Fall of Oni 
Legends of Shuten Doji
From Simple to Complex: Troubling the Demon  
Texts of Shuten Doji
The Shuten Doji Story 
Carnivalesque Festivities  
Shuten Doji as Other  
Origins of Shuten Doji  
The Rise of the Warrior Class and Fall of Oni  

Women Spurned, Revenge of Oni Women: Gender and Space  
Uji no hashihime (Woman at Uji Bridge)  
The Stories of Uji no hashihime  
Uji no hashihime vs. Shuten Doji
Sociopolitical Space for Gendered Oni   
Noh Kanawa: Lingering Affection of a Spurned Woman  
Yamauba, the Mountain Ogress: Old Hag to Voluptuous Mother  
Cannibalism  

Yamauba as Great Mother and Nurturer  
Image of Yamauba in the Medieval Period  
Yamauba in the Early Modern Period: Mother of Sakata
no Kintoki  
Chikamatsu's Komochi Yamauba (Mountain Ogress with a Child)  
The Alluring Yamauba  

Oni in Urban Culture: De-demonization of the Oni  
The Edoites' Belief System  
De-demonized Oni  
Commercialization and Urban Culture: Oni as an
Example of Yokai  
Demonic People in Popular Culture of the Early Modern Period  
Koto no Oni (Oni of a Solitary Island): Demonic People in the Erotic-Grotesque-Nonsense Culture  

Oni and Japanese Identity: Enemies of the Japanese Empire in and out of the Imperial Army  
Reconfiguration of the Supernatural in Modern Japan  
Oni as Foreign Enemy in the Second World War  
Teito Monogatari (Tale of the Imperial Capital)  

Sex, Violence, and Victimization: Modern Oni and Lonely Japanese
Nakagami Kenji's "Oni no hanashi" ("A Tale of a Demon")  
Yumemakura Baku's Onmydji (The Yin-Yang Master)  

Oni in Manga, Anime, and Film  
Apocalyptic and Elegiac Oni  
Nagai G6's Oni  
Debiruman (Devilman)  
Shuten Doji (A Child Handed from Heaven)  
Akira Kurosawa's "The Weeping Demon"  
Modern Female Oni: Powerful, yet Compromised  
Urusei Yatsura: The Cute Sexy Oni  
Bigheaded Yamauba in Spirited Away  
Yokai and Oni Variants  
Yasha and Dog in InuYasha  
Tsuchigumo (Earth Spider) in InuYasha  
Tsuchigumo in Spirited Away  

Oni without Negatives: Selfless and Surrealistic Oni  
Kind and Thoughtful Oni: Naita Akaoni (Red Oni Who Cried)  
Oni Go to Heaven: Inoue Yasushi's Surrealistic "Oni
no hanashi" (A Story of Oni)  

Conclusion  

Appendix A: Translation of Shibukawa's Version of Shuten Doji  

Appendix B: Japanese and Chinese Names and Terms 

Ramanujan. Oral Tales from India

Today's free book is A Flowering Tree And Other Oral Tales from India by A. K. Ramanujan (1997); it is available online as part of the University of California Press ebook initiative: link. For the table of contents, check at the bottom of this post below the image.



Table of Contents

A Story and a Song
Acacia Trees
The Adventures of a Disobedient Prince
Bride for a Dead Man
A Brother, a Sister, and a Snake
A Buffalo Without Bones
Cannibal Sister
Chain Tale
Another Chain Tale: What an Ant Can Do
The Clever Daughter-in-law
A Couple of Misers
The Dead Prince and the Talking Doll
A Dog's Daughters
A Dog's Story
Dolls
Double Double
Dumma and Dummi
Dwarfs
A Flowering Tree
Flute of Joy, Flute of Sorrow
Fools
A Jackal King
For Love of Kadabu
A Girl in a Picture
The Glass Pillar
A Golden Sparrow
The Greatest Thing
Hanchi
The Horse Gram Man
Hucca
The Husband's Shadow
In the Kingdom of Foolishness
In Search of a Dream
King and Peasant
Kutlavva
The Lampstand Woman
The Magician and His Disciple
A Minister's Word
Monkey Business
The Mother Who Married Her Own Son
Muddanna
Nagarani (“Serpent Queen”)
A Ne'er-do-well
Ninga on My Palm
Ogress Queen
An Old Couple
The Past Never Passes
A Peg and a Keg
The Pomegranate Queen
A Poor Man
The Princess of Seven Jasmines
The Prince Who Married His Own Left Half
The Rain King's Wife
Rich Man, Poor Man
A Sage's Word
The Serpent Lover
A Shepherd's Pilgrimage
Sister Crow and Sister Sparrow
Siva Plays Double
The Sparrow Who Wouldn't Die
A Sparrow With a Single Pea
Tales for a Princess
The Talking Bed
A Thief, a Ram, a Bear, and a Horse
Three Blouses
Three Magic Objects
Three Sisters Named Death, Birth, and Dream
The Three-Thousand-Rupee Sari
Thug and Master-Thug
Tree Trunk for a Boat
The Turtle Prince
A Wager
What the Milk Bird Said
Who Is the Greatest?
Why the Sky Went Up
The Worship of a Household God
A Story to End All Stories


Johnson. Fairy-Tale Bears

Today's free book is A book of fairy-tale bears by Clifton Johnson (1913), with illustrations by Frank A. Nankivell. For the table of contents, check at the bottom of this post below the image.

The book is available at Internet Archive (I have not checked for other online sources). There's also a free audiobook at LibriVox.




Table of Contents

The Three Bears
The Bear and the Skrattel
Snow-White and Rose-red and the Big Black Bear 
The Bears and the Magician
Grandsire Bear and Reynard the Fox
The Young Hunters and the Bears
The Bear and the Wrens
The Bear and the Two Huntsmen
Bruin Outwitted
The Bear’s Bad Bargain
The Bear in a Forest Pitfall 
A Bear Story 
The Bear who was an Enchanted King
The Bear and the Little Old Woman 
How Bruin Tried to Bring Reynard to Court
The Bees and the Bears
Bruin’s Ride
The Bear and the Tailor


Plunket. Ancient Calendars and Constellations

Today's free book is Ancient Calendars and Constellations by Emmeline Mary Plunket.

For the table of contents, check at the bottom of this post below the image. Although the chapter titles are very general, this book has a useful layout where there are running subject notes along the top of every page, so you can learn a lot about the contents of the book by just paging through it and reading those notes on the page tops.

The book is available at  Internet Archive, Hathi Trust, and Google Books.


1. The Accadian Calendar
2. The Constellation Aries
3. Eleventh Constellation of the Zodiac
4. The Median Calendar and the Constellation Taurus
5. Astronomy in the Rig Veda
6. Ahura Mazda and Other Notes
7. Ancient Indian Astronomy
8. The Chinese Calendar, With Some Remarks With Reference to That of the Chaldeans


Eells. Tales from the Azores

Today's free book is The Islands of Magic: Legends, Folk and Fairy Tales from the Azores by Elsie Spicer Eells, illustrated by E. L. Brock. For the table of contents, check at the bottom of this post below the image.

The book is available at Project Gutenberg and Hathi Trust. There is also a free audiobook at Librivox. You can get a free Kindle ebook from Amazon too!



Princess Bluegreen of the Seven Cities
The Islands of Flowers
Why Dogs Sniff
Longstaff, Pinepuller and Rockheaver
The Table, the Sifter and the Pinchers
Linda Branca and her Mask
Fresh Figs
Peter-of-the-Pigs
The Princess Who Lost Her Rings
The Master of Magic
St. Anthony's Godchild
Trouble When One's Young
The Little Maid Who Was Wise
Manoel Littlebean
The Necklace of Pearls
The Daughter of the King of Naples
Maria-of-the-Forest
The Seven Enchanted Princes
The Listening King
José the Beast Slayer
The Princess of the Lost Island
Why The Alvéloa Bird Received a Blessing
Why the Codorniz Bird Received a Curse
Outside the Door Like the Mother of St. Peter
Why the Owl Flies at Night
The Laborer and His Master
'Tis Faith Which Saves
St. Brendan's Island
The Silent Cavalier
The Enchanted Palace
The Friend of the Devil
The Miller's Cloak
The Magic Mouthful
The Messengers


Adler-Ramsay. Told in the Coffee House: Turkish Tales

Today's free book is Told in the Coffee House: Turkish Tales by Cyrus Adler and Allan Ramsay. For the table of contents, check at the bottom of this post below the image.

The book is available at Project Gutenberg, Internet Archive, Hathi Trust, and Google Books. You can get a free Kindle ebook from Amazon, and there's a free audiobook from LibriVox.



How the Hodja saved Allah
Better is the Folly of Woman than the Wisdom of Man
The Hanoum and the Unjust Cadi
What happened to Hadji, a Merchant of the Bezestan
How the Junkman travelled to find Treasure in his Own Yard
How Chapkin Halid became Chief Detective
How Cobbler Ahmet became the Chief Astrologer
The Wise Son of Ali Pasha
The Merciful Khan
King Kara-Kush of Bithynia
The Prayer Rug and the Dishonest Steward
The Goose, the Eye, the Daughter, and the Arm
The Forty Wise Men
How the Priest knew that it would Snow
Who was the Thirteenth Son?
Paradise sold by the Yard
Jew turned Turk
The Metamorphosis
The Calif Omar
Kalaidji Avram of Balata
How Mehmet Ali Pasha of Egypt administered Justice
How the Farmer learned to cure his Wife: A Turkish Aesop
The Language of Birds
The Swallow's Advice
We know not what the Dawn may Bring Forth
Old Men made Young
The Bribe
How the Devil lost his Wager
The Effects of Raki

Ashton. Curious Creatures in Zoology

Today's free book is Curious Creatures in Zoology by John Ashton. For the table of contents, check at the bottom of this post below the image.

The book is available at Project Gutenberg, Internet Archive, Hathi Trust, and Google Books.



INTRODUCTORY
AMAZONS
PYGMIES
GIANTS
EARLY MEN
WILD MEN
HAIRY MEN
THE OURAN OUTAN
SATYRS
THE SPHYNX
APES
ANIMAL LORE
THE MANTICORA
THE LAMIA
THE CENTAUR
THE GORGON
THE UNICORN
THE RHINOCEROS
THE GULO
THE BEAR
THE FOX
THE WOLF
WERE-WOLVES
THE ANTELOPE
THE HORSE
THE MIMICK DOG
THE CAT
THE LION
THE LEONTOPHONUS—PEGASUS—CROCOTTA
THE LEUCROCOTTA—THE EALE—CATTLE FEEDING BACKWARDS
ANIMAL MEDICINE
THE SU
THE LAMB-TREE
THE CHIMÆRA
THE HARPY AND SIREN
THE BARNACLE GOOSE
REMARKABLE EGG
MOON WOMAN
THE GRIFFIN
THE PHŒNIX
THE SWALLOW
THE MARTLET, AND FOOTLESS BIRDS
SNOW BIRDS
THE SWAN
THE ALLE, ALLE
THE HOOPOE AND LAPWING
THE OSTRICH
THE HALCYON
THE PELICAN
THE TROCHILUS
WOOLLY HENS
TWO-HEADED WILD GEESE
FOUR-FOOTED DUCK
FISH
MERMEN
WHALES
THE SEA-MOUSE
THE SEA-HARE
THE SEA-PIG
THE WALRUS
THE ZIPHIUS
THE SAW FISH
THE ORCA
THE DOLPHIN
THE NARWHAL
THE SWAMFISCK
THE SAHAB
THE CIRCHOS
THE REMORA
THE DOG-FISH AND RAY
THE SEA DRAGON
THE STING RAY
SENSES OF FISHES
ZOOPHYTES
SPONGES
THE KRAKEN
CRAYFISH AND CRABS
THE SEA-SERPENT
SERPENTS
WORMES AND DRAGONS
THE CROCODILE
THE BASILISK AND COCKATRICE
THE SALAMANDER
THE TOAD
THE LEECH
THE SCORPION
THE ANT
THE BEE
THE HORNET
INDEX