The Mythical Zoo: An Encyclopedia of Animals in World Myth, Legend, and Literature
Animals have played an active role in human culture since prehistoric times. Even today, animals wield symbolic powers as varied as the cultures that embrace them. From ants and elephants to tigers and wrens, the over 50 conversational entries in this volume weave together a cross-cultural tapestry encompassing mythology, history, art, science, philosophy, and literature while discussing the special significance of animals in human cultures. Special features include: coverage of fantastic creatures like mermaids and unicorns, found alongside discussions of snakes, dogs, cats, crows, dolphins, and bees; relevant quotes from worldwide texts preceding each entry; extensive illustrations, ranging from medieval prints to editorial cartoons and advertisements; and explanation of Western and Eastern symbolism.
Students, scholars, storytellers, and animal lovers will turn to this handy and intriguing reference for information on literature, history, mythology, and the emerging discipline of anthrozoology. Suggested readings are featured with each entry. The volume also includes a detailed introduction, which provides a cultural overview, and a comprehensive index.
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