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An Instinct For Dragons

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First published in 2002. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

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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 biocultural anthropology, Jones postulates that the dragon is a construct of the three predators that most threatened humankind in its infancy: the raptor, the snake, and the large cat. Allowing for the "cultural and individual artistic lenses" of world societies, Jones demonstrates the incredible similarities in the appearance and behavior of dragons in the lore and legend surrounding them. He examines the political and economic patterns that led to the sighting of dragons and their defeat by cultural heroes. While Jones's theory is just that, it is certainly interesting and convincingly presented, with numerous cultures cited. Recommended especially for academic libraries but also for school and public libraries with strong folklore collections.--Katherine Kaigler-Koenig, Ellis Sch., Pittsburgh, PA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415937290
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 8/22/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 200
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.42 (d)

Meet the Author

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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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments v
Introduction 1
Chapter 1 The Monkey Hunters 25
Chapter 2 Running from Certain Shadows 39
Chapter 3 Red Tooth, Red Claw 47
Chapter 4 How Time Makes a Dragon 55
Chapter 5 Why Dragons Breathe Fire 73
Chapter 6 Time of the Dragon Slayers 95
Chapter 7 Fate of the Dragons 113
Appendix A Tree of Life and the Three Sacred Realms 121
Appendix B More Tales of the Great Worm 135
Bibliography 177
Index 185
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