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Elephant

Author: Dan Wylie
Publisher: London : Reaktion Books, 2008.
Series: Animal (Reaktion Books)
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"The elephant, according to Aristotle, is the animal that 'passes all others in wit and mind', and indeed its image can be found throughout world religions and cultures as a symbol of intelligence as well as strength and loyalty. In this book, Dan Wylie draws on a rich array of cultural examples to document that symbolic power, ranging from the religious imagery of Ganesh, the Hindu god of wisdom, to enduring works  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Folklore
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Dan Wylie
ISBN: 9781861893970 1861893973
OCLC Number: 225876070
Description: 205 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 19 cm.
Contents: 1. Proboscidae --
2. Astounding Physiology --
3. Representing Elephants --
4. Using Elephants --
5. Conservation.
Series Title: Animal (Reaktion Books)
Responsibility: Dan Wylie.

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Aristotle characterized the elephant as the beast which passeth all others in wit and mind, and the animal has long figured in cultural artefacts, even on continents it has never inhabited. Part of  Read more...

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Elephant by Dan Wylie

by jbmaxwell (WorldCat user published 2014-05-12) Excellent Permalink

Excellent book.  Great way to understand the elephant in its natural state, cultural impact and future.  The Reaktion series is a good series to read.  They are relatively short books and can be read in a few hours.  Elephant leaves you with a sense of unhappiness with the plight...
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