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Signifying Animals : Our World Archaeology - Roy Willis

Signifying Animals

Our World Archaeology

By: Roy Willis (Editor)

Paperback Published: 22nd September 1994
ISBN: 9780415095556
Number Of Pages: 288

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"Signifying Animals" examines what animals mean to human beings around the world, offering a fresh assessment of the workings of animal symbolism in diverse cultures. The essays in the book are based on first-hand field research with peoples as dissimilar as the Mongolian nomads of Soviet Central Asia, Aboriginal Australians, Inuit hunters of the Canadian Arctic and cultivators of Africa and Papua New Guinea.
The essays look at accounts of mythical beasts among the Amerindian peoples of Andean South America, alleged sightings of an extinct giant bird in New Zealand as well as the complex symbolism of the American rodeo. Others discuss animal symbolism in the Middle East, India and the ancient picts of Scotland. The book advances a powerful argument against some prevalent fallacies in symbolic interpretation.

Forewordp. vii
Prefacep. xxv
Preface to the Paperback Editionp. xxvi
Introductionp. 1
The Pangolin Revisited: a New Approach to Animal Symbolismp. 25
Cultural Attitudes to Birds and Animals in Folklorep. 37
Animal Language in the Garden of Eden: Folktale Elements in Genesisp. 43
A Semantic Analysis of the Symbolism of Toba Mythical Animalsp. 55
Back to the Future: Trophy Arrays as Mental Maps in the Wopkaimin's Culture of Placep. 63
Sheep Bone as a Sign of Human Descent: Tibial Symbolism Among the Mongolsp. 74
Ecological Community and Species Attributes in Yolngu Religious Symbolismp. 85
Pictish Animal Symbolsp. 103
The Idea of Fish: Land and Sea in the Icelandic World-Viewp. 119
Animals in Hopi Dualityp. 134
Eat and Be Eaten: Animals in U'Wa (Tunebo) Oral Traditionp. 140
Tezcatlipoca: Jaguar Metaphors and the Aztec Mirror of Naturep. 159
Nanook, Super-Male: the Polar Bear in the Imaginary Space and Social Time of the Inuit of the Canadian Arcticp. 178
Antelope as Self-Image Among the Udukp. 196
The Track of the Python: a West African Origin Storyp. 204
Rodeo Horses: the Wild and the Tamep. 222
The Beast Without: the Moa as a Colonial Frontier Myth in New Zealandp. 236
The Meaning of the Snakep. 246
Indexp. 253
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ISBN: 9780415095556
ISBN-10: 0415095557
Series: Our World Archaeology
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 22nd September 1994
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.77 x 16.51  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.61
Edition Number: 1

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