Beneath the Moon: Fairy Tales, Myths, and Divine Stories from Around the World
Hardcover – Illustrated, September 1, 2020
by Yoshi Yoshitani (Author)
Powerful and universal retellings of seventy-eight divine stories, legends, and myths from around the world, each accompanied by a gorgeous illustration from acclaimed artist Yoshi Yoshitani.
Many of the lessons we learn are shared stories passed among cultures and generations. In this riveting collection of fables and folktales from cultures across the globe, characters from beloved fairytales, cultural fables, ancient mythologies, and inspirational deities are brought to life, including Sleeping Beauty (Italy), Rapunzel (Germany), Jack and the Beanstalk (England), Our Lady of Guadalupe (Mexico), Sun God Ra (Egypt), the Crane Wife (Japan), and dozens more.
Lesser-known stories introduce characters such as the volcano goddess Pele from Hawaii; Mwindo, the wise and powerful king of the Nyanga people; and the strong and resilient Yennenga, mother of the Mossi people in Burkina Faso. The recurring themes of conquering evil, overcoming adversity, and finding love and companionship are woven throughout this collection.
Yoshi Yoshitani's art style is fresh and unique, featuring diverse and multicultural characters. Each story will be featured opposite a correlating illustration, both lush and vibrant.
About the Author
Yoshi Yoshitani is a California-based artist whose vibrant illustrations draw on inspiration from across the globe, with a particular focus on multicultural identity. Past clients include Disney, DC Comics, Valiant, Image, Dreamworks, and Netflix. Yoshi spends time researching world mythologies, listening to audiobooks, creating fashion inspiration boards, and attending comic conventions and art expos across the country.
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I grew up caught between two cultures. My paternal side was from Japan—they ate rice with pickled plums and decorated their walls with woodblock prints of Shinto shrines. My maternal side came to America on the Mayflower—they ate meatloaf and decorated their walls with keys from their old family farm in Rhode Island. So often my two halves felt irreconcilably different, but the one thing they had in common was their love of stories.
From my paternal side I heard the fairy tales of Princess Kaguya, Peach Momotaro, and Journey to the West. From my maternal side I heard the stories of Cinderella, Puss in Boots, and Jack and the Beanstalk. While the settings were very different for these stories, the themes of bright young adventurers, forbidden doors, and promised lands were paralleled in many of them. I came to appreciate that my two very different heritages shared much in common in their hearts. Books of myths and fairy tales became a way for me to appreciate every part of me.
My experience of a mixed household is becoming increasingly common with each generation. Families raise their children in cultures different from the ones the parents grew up in, and more families blend together to create whole new experiences. As people are becoming progressively multidimensional and label-defying, it is ever more important to expand our understanding of each other. And the best way I have learned to appreciate differences and similarities is through stories.
This collection of stories is meant to serve as a small window into many different cultures. The average reader will recognize a few but many more will be unfamiliar. Some readers will see two or more pieces of themselves never seen together before. Many readers will discover new favorites. As much as possible I’ve tried to indicate each story’s point of origin, but many stories are hard to pin down, especially those that traveled through trading thoroughfares such as the Silk Road. These stories may have been told in one culture about another culture or originated in yet a third culture. These mixes are confusing but ultimately reflect more about the storyteller, and inspire the stories we will tell tomorrow.
Finally, those familiar with the tarot will recognize repeating symbols such as cups, swords, coins, and staves in the imagery, and these seventy-eight illustrations form a tarot deck and booklet I created called the Tarot of the Divine. Like the tarot cards, each of these stories is equally relevant, and each offers valuable insights to the human experience.
I hope you enjoy this collection and leave wanting to learn even more about each other, all of us living beneath the same moon.
Publisher : Ten Speed Press; Illustrated edition (September 1, 2020)
Language: : English
Hardcover : 176 pages
ISBN-10 : 1984857223
ISBN-13 : 9781984857224
Item Weight : 1.19 pounds
Dimensions : 6.29 x 0.74 x 9.81 inches
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