113th Annual Conference - Portland, Oregon
Friday, November 6 - Sunday, November 8, 2015

Folklore and Mythology I

Session Chair: 
Charles Hoge, Metropolitan State University of Denver
Session 10: Sunday 8:30-10:00am
Skyline IV (PH-ET)


  1. Eduardo DaSilva, University of Washington - Seattle
    In a combination of folklore, myths, and religious beliefs from the Middle Ages, the Brazilian religious leader, Antônio Conselheiro (1830-1897) created in his followers’ imaginations the representation of republicans as demoniacal forces. The city of Canudos was seen as the gates to heaven, the place of salvation. This paper will elaborate on the representations of the Devil in the Brazilian backlands, which are rooted in the European traditions that the Portuguese colonizers brought to colonial Brazil.  
  2. Alexis Wong, California State University at Los Angeles
    A shedding of light on the formerly debilitating myth of La Llorona.
  3. Cristina Rivera, San Diego State Univeristy
    The Sandman is an old folktale passed down over generations, and by closely using a psychoanalytic approach to E.T.A Hoffmann’s version of The Sandman, the act of storytelling can be seen as concealing and repressing the truth for a child—creating a fear of the unknown that follows children into their adult lives.
  4. Jean Little, Brigham Young University
    As members of a religion that believes in the afterlife, Mormons have an interesting framework for interpreting and describing after-death communication (ADC) experiences. This paper explores the ways that certain motifs in ADC narratives among LDS people seem to suggest that there are common folk beliefs about death and the afterlife, particularly in areas where the church doesn’t have firm doctrine. 
Session Cancelled: