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The mythical zoo : animals in myth, legend, and literature / Boria Sax.

Sax, Boria. (Author).
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Schricker Main Library 590 SAX (Text) 30032010630769 ADULT NON-FICTION Available -

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  • ISBN: 9781468307207 :
  • ISBN: 1468307207 :
  • Physical Description: 352 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
  • Publisher: New York : Overlook Duckworth, 2013.

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Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages 333-349) and index.
Formatted Contents Note: Introduction: Animals as Tradition -- Almost Human -- Tricksters -- Sages -- Just Beautiful -- Musicians -- Tooth and Claw -- Mermaid's Companions -- The Barnyard -- Man's Best Friends -- Beasts of Burden -- Noble Adversaries -- Tough Guys -- From the Underground -- By the Seashore -- Lost Souls -- Weird and Wonderful -- Behemoths and Leviathans -- Divinities -- Epilogue: What is a Human Being?
Summary, etc.: "From Aesop's Fables to Mockingjay, animals have always played a pivotal role in human culture. Even today, animals wield symbolic powers as varied as the cultures that embrace them. Sacred cows, wily serpents, fearsome lions, elegant swans, busy bees, and sly foxes--all are caricatures of the creatures themselves, yet they reflect not only how different cultures see the natural world around them but also how such cultures make use of their native animals. In this fun and thought-provoking book, historian and animal enthusiast Boria Sax argues for a classification of animals that goes beyond the biological to encompass a more meaningful distinction: tradition. From ants and elephants to tigers and tortoises, The Mythical Zoo weaves together a crosscultural tapestry encompassing mythology, history, art, science, philosophy, and literature. The result is a beautifully illustrated, masterfully composed love letter to the animal kingdom"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject: Animals and civilization.
Animals > Symbolic aspects.
Animals, Mythical.
Animals > Folklore.
Animals in literature.

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