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Soul of the Tiger: Searching for Nature's Answers in Southeast Asia

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In Soul of the Tiger, conservationists Jeffrey McNeely and Paul Sochaczewski draw on more than two decades of experience in Southeast Asia to examine the relationship between its people and animals. What, they wonder, has this relationship meant in the past? How is it changing, and what relevance might it have for the future? Combining sound scholarship with an engaging style, their fascinating and often humorous accounts reveal the vital connection between rural people and wildlife: between the Bornean farmer ...
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In Soul of the Tiger, conservationists Jeffrey McNeely and Paul Sochaczewski draw on more than two decades of experience in Southeast Asia to examine the relationship between its people and animals. What, they wonder, has this relationship meant in the past? How is it changing, and what relevance might it have for the future? Combining sound scholarship with an engaging style, their fascinating and often humorous accounts reveal the vital connection between rural people and wildlife: between the Bornean farmer and the yellow wagtail, without whose arrival rice goes unplanted; between the wife in Papua New Guinea and her pigs, whose breeding rate determines when she gets a break from housework and when her husband goes to war; between the guards in Java's Ujung Kulon National Park and the rhinoceros, whose urine they collect as a cure for earaches. The authors identify four major ecocultural revolutions that have significantly altered the relationship between people and nature. They suggest that a fifth revolution, characterized by respect and understanding of the traditional knowledge and insight reflected in myth and memory, will enable modern society to develop nature conservation programs with a chance of lasting success.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
``This provocative and engrossing book focuses on the relationship between people and nature in southeast Asia, where the development of a world marketplace is undermining that relationship and thus the foundations of a society,'' declared PW. ``A solid combination of natural history and anthropology.'' (Mar.)
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$19.95. nat hist This book combines natural history, mythology, and folk culture in an examination of the role of animals in Southeast Asian life, with mixed results. The first part introduces Buddhist and Hindu philosophies and sketches the influence of fire, irrigation, and commerce on the human relationship with wildlife. These chapters are disjointed and poorly focused. Much better are the chapters on individual animals, especially tigers, pigs, crocodiles, and even rats. The book concludes by arguing that the interest of rural peoples in preserving habitat and wildlife may be the last hope for rare species. Recommended for general collections, particularly for the extensive bibliography. Beth Clewis, Duke Univ. Lib
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780385242257
  • Publisher: The Doubleday Religious Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 4/1/1988
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Pages: 390

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