Mythical Zoo: Animals in Life, Legend, and Literature
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From Aesop's Fables to Mockingjay, animals have always played a pivotal role in human culture. 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. 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
The Magical Zoo a fascinating read for anyone who wonders about our persistent beliefs about animals. I saw a short review of this book in Cat Fancy magazine. It said "The Mythical Zoo: Animals in Life, Legend, and Literature by Boria Sax, explores the meanings and traditions that have grown around more than 150 different kinds of animal species. Conveying the underlying ideas behind the treatment of animals in myth, legend an. Poor editing detracts from content walla2wa This is one of the worst edited books I've ever encountered. It is full of errors of all sorts - typographical, editorial and factual. There are missing words, extra words, misspelled words and a host of other inconsistencies and errata. An author who states that the 23rd Psalm is known as The Lord's Prayer seems untrustworthy. Not as I had expected. There are so many books on the same topic, that another one does not make a big difference. Just keep it !
He lives in White Plains, New York. Boria Sax is the award-winning author of City of Ravens (available from Overlook) and Animals of the Third Reich. . His books have been translated into eight languages
His diligent research has illuminated the origins of one of Britain's most famous myths." --Times Literary Supplement"A charming, off-kilter work of history and zoology." --ForeWord. "Enter Boria Sax, the veritable Ace Ventura of contemporary academia." --New York Journal of Books"Boria Sax is a likeable writer