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Deadly powers : animal predators and the mythic imagination

Author: Paul A Trout
Publisher: Amherst, NY : Prometheus Books, ©2011.
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In this illuminating and evocative exploration of the origin and function of storytelling, Trout argues that myth-making evolved as a cultural survival strategy for coping with the constant fear of being killed and eaten by predators.
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Genre/Form: Folklore
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Paul A Trout
ISBN: 9781616145019 1616145013
OCLC Number: 726821382
Description: 325 p., [4] p. of plates : ill. (some col.) ; 24 cm.
Contents: Predators and myth --
Bringers of death : predators of the Pleistocene and beyond --
On deadly ground : predators that inhabited the land --
The killer cats --
Hyenas, wolves, and dogs --
Bears --
Up from the depths : predators of the water --
Giant snakes --
Crocodiles and alligators --
Lizards --
Giant fish --
Aerial terror : predators of the sky --
Teratorns and condors --
Eagles --
Be afraid, be very afraid : fear and survival in the Pleistocene --
The gift of fear --
Triggers of fear --
The predator face --
The staring eye --
The predator mouth --
Predator teeth --
THe predator tongue --
Fear of menacing movements --
Fear of blood --
Fear of bones --
Fear of sounds --
Fear of signs --
Fear of darkness and night --
Survival strategies and defensive behaviors --
Freezing --
Fleeing --
Fighting --
Massing --
Mobbing --
Appeasing --
Performing the predator : mimetic storytelling in the paleolithic --
Mind and mimetic culture --
Mimetic communication as performance --
Primal storytelling --
Enter the predator --
Mimetic storytelling as a survival strategy - Dreaming of the "bad ones" --
Imitation as magical incantation --
The emergence of the mythmaking mind --
The ancient roots of mythic thinking --
Mythic thinking and the modular mind --
Language and the emergence of mythic culture --
The tragedy of the imagination : proliferating fears --
Mythmaking as fear management --
Storytelling in the Middle Paleolithic --
Were women the first storytellers? --
In the belly of the beast : the predator as mythic monster --
The mythic monster as animal predator --
Animal predators into mythic monsters --
Envisioning monsters --
Our "inner" monsters --
Our monstrous imagination --
Battling the mythic monster --
Baffling the mythic monster --
Fear and trembling in the Pleistocene : the predator as a God --
Fear and the sacred --
The primal ingredients of predator deification --
Predator worship and the Stockholm Syndrome --
Worshipping the predator god --
The flesh of the gods --
Survival and sacrifice in the Pleistocene --
Predator cults of the Paleolithic --
From predator gods to gods-r-us --
Kindly killers : the predator as kin, friend, protector, and benefactor --
Anthropomorphism and fear management --
The predator as kin --
The predator as friend --
The predator as guardian and protector --
The predator as benefactor --
Model of menace : the predator as exemplar and object of envy --
Learning to identify with the predator --
Hunting as mimetic performance --
From human to predator : rituals of transformation --
Human sacrifice ass a predator kill --
Consuming identities --
Embracing the inner animal predator --
Fearing the were-predator --
Scaring ourselves to life.
Responsibility: By Paul A. Trout.

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In this illuminating and evocative exploration of the origin and function of storytelling, Trout argues that myth-making evolved as a cultural survival strategy for coping with the constant fear of being killed and eaten by predators.

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