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June 3rd, 2007, 01:53 AM
Okay. I was looking on Sacred-Texts.com for any Slavic/Baltic stuff and found The Songs of the Russian People (http://www.sacred-texts.com/neu/srp/index.htm). I think is worth discussing it! :)

From the intro:

This book, despite its title, is a treasure-trove of Slavic mythology, tradition, folklore and ethnography. There are plenty of songs, not only from Russia but every part of the Slavic region from Serbia to Siberia. The songs are used as a starting point for a wide-ranging discussion of pre-industrial Slavic peasant life, including weddings, funerals, witchcraft, demonology, games, riddles, and seasonal traditions. Also covered are the details of Russian pagan religion and mythology, with comparisons to related topics such as Vedic and Germanic mythology.
Lacking are samples or analysis of the songs in the original language (except for a very brief treatment in appendix B), and there are no musical transcriptions or descriptions of dance. However, the massive, well documented, and very entertaining collection of Slavic traditions in this book more than makes up for this deficiency.

Title Page (http://www.sacred-texts.com/neu/srp/srp00.htm)
Preface (http://www.sacred-texts.com/neu/srp/srp01.htm)
Preface to the Second Edition (http://www.sacred-texts.com/neu/srp/srp02.htm)
Contents (http://www.sacred-texts.com/neu/srp/srp03.htm)
Chapter I. Introductory (http://www.sacred-texts.com/neu/srp/srp04.htm)
Chapter II: Section I.--The Old Gods (http://www.sacred-texts.com/neu/srp/srp05.htm)
Section II.--Demigods and Fairies (http://www.sacred-texts.com/neu/srp/srp06.htm)
Section III.--Storyland Beings (http://www.sacred-texts.com/neu/srp/srp07.htm)
Chapter III: Mythic And Ritual Songs (http://www.sacred-texts.com/neu/srp/srp08.htm)
Chapter IV: Marriage Songs (http://www.sacred-texts.com/neu/srp/srp09.htm)
Chapter V: Funeral Songs (http://www.sacred-texts.com/neu/srp/srp10.htm)
Chapter VI: Sorcery and Witchcraft (http://www.sacred-texts.com/neu/srp/srp11.htm)
Appendix A: Bibliography (http://www.sacred-texts.com/neu/srp/srp12.htm)
Appendix B (http://www.sacred-texts.com/neu/srp/srp13.htm)
Index (http://www.sacred-texts.com/neu/srp/srp14.htm)

Anyone interested?