An Instinct for Dragons

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Psychology Press, 2002 - Social Science - 188 pages
Fire-breathing, scale-flashing, wing-flapping, and tail-lashing - how do people from different cultures all have similar depictions of a fantastic reptilian monster which never existed? That is, if the dragon is pure imagination how do we account for the universality of its appearance and characteristics from Africa, to Europe, to Asia. So, why does a dragon look like a dragon the world over? David Jones finds the answer by searching for the biological and evolutionary basis for the dragon through time and space. Characterized by elegant writing and an international scope, Jones's account is unique.
 

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Jones (anthropology, Univ. of Central Florida) contends that the dragon, a universal image of a creature that does not exist, is a direct result of the evolutionary process. Guided by the tenets of ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
The Monkey Hunters
25
Running from Certain Shadows
39
Red Tooth Red Claw
47
How Time Makes a Dragon
55
Why Dragons Breathe Fire
73
Time of the Dragon Slayers
95
Fate of the Dragons
113
Tree of Life and the Three Sacred Realms
121
More Tales of the Great Worm
135
Bibliography
177
Index
185
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David E. Jones is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Central Florida. He is the author of such engaging and well-received books as: Sanapia: Comanche Medicine Woman, Visions of Time, and Women Warriors. He lives in Orlando, Florida

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