I have the following Grateful Dead links, which I have been intending to use for some time to research the Hungarian/Dead references. Perhaps the current thread will motivate me to dig deeper. http://arts.ucsc.edu/gdead/agdl/ http://www3.clearlight.com/~acsa/longlist.htm And of course, http://grateful.dead.net/ I assume Grateful Dead fans caught Roaana referring to the Grateful Dead folktale itself in Paths of the Dead (you know, I just realized there may be a GD reference in the title itself. Hmm.). For those who are not familiar with the story, it is in chapter 32, page 361 (the line about helping a spirit to Deathgate Falls, and then his demon appears and grants the helpful person various good things), and a more detailed version is here: http://srogers.com/deadpage.htm GRATEFUL DEAD: The motif of a cycle of folk tales which begin with the hero coming upon a group of people ill-treating or refusing to bury the corpse of a man who had died without paying his debts. He gives his last penny, either to pay the man's debts or to give him a decent burial. Within a few hours he meets with a travelling companion who aids him in some impossible task, gets him a fortune or saves his life. The story ends with the companion disclosing himself as the man whose corpse the hero had befriended. (Funk & Wagnalls Dictionary.) The motif is analyzed in much greater detail here: http://homepage.mac.com/thandoy/wolf/grateful_dead.html and here: http://califia.hispeed.com/Folklore/thedead.htm If anyone is interested, by the way, one of the above sites has the following essay about the song "Dark Star", which is also a Grateful Dead/Dragaera ref: http://arts.ucsc.edu/gdead/agdl/ds.html Which may be a bit Too Much, but whatthehell.