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Spell of the Tiger: The Man-Eaters of the Sundarbans
     

Spell of the Tiger: The Man-Eaters of the Sundarbans

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by Sy Montgomery
 
Spell of the tiger tells us all about the peculiar relationship between tigers and their human prey. Sy Montgomery tells us how it feels to know that as a human being you are, to the tiger, merely a source of meat.

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Spell of the tiger tells us all about the peculiar relationship between tigers and their human prey. Sy Montgomery tells us how it feels to know that as a human being you are, to the tiger, merely a source of meat.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Sundarbans is a tidal forest, a vast mangrove swamp stretching between India and Bangladesh on the Bay of Bengal. Subject to devastating cyclones, it is infested with deadly snakes, crocodiles, sharks and more tigers than any other contiguous tract in the world. Here, tigers stalk and eat humans, about 300 every year. They swim in the sea and leap into boats to grab fishermen, or pounce on honey-gatherers and woodcutters in the forest. Montgomery (Walking With the Great Apes) made three trips to Sundarbans to study the tigers. She obtained firsthand accounts of killings and discovered that the people regard tigers as magic beings-feared but not hated, worshiped but not loved. The tiger god is called Daksin Ray. Montgomery provides a vivid picture of the coastal forest and its people, and takes us on a magical journey where nature, humans and myth coalesce. (Feb.)
Donna Seaman
Tigers have always been associated with magic and other manifestations of the divine, but nowhere on earth do tigers make their power felt more tangibly than in Sundarbans, the world's largest tidal delta and mangrove swamp on the Bay of Bengal. Here, in this mysterious, amphibious realm, tigers hunt men, killing dozens, even hundreds a year. Montgomery, author of Walking with the Great Apes" (1991) and other nature-related works, traveled to Sundarbans to try to understand this baffling, terrifying, and inexplicably tolerated relationship between man and beast. Her quest proved maddeningly difficult. She could barely communicate with her guides, and the tigers were as elusive as their reputation dictates. But as she spent day after day floating down tributaries and creeks and staring into the forest, Montgomery began to absorb the unique and surprisingly cosmic dynamic of the delta. Thus the hair-raising stories she tells about tigers stalking and killing men as they fish or collect wood and honey stand in curious counterpoint to her deeply moving explanations of the spiritual attitude the people of Sundarbans express toward their mighty foe, a mix of fear, respect, and worship. After all, there can be no revelation more humbling than the recognition that we, like other animals, are meat.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780395641699
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
01/23/1995
Series:
A Peter Davidson Bk.
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.53(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Known for her books that illuminate the wonders of nature for both children and adults, Sy Montgomery "is a modern miracle," says Book magazine, "bawdy, brave, inventive, prophetic, hellbent on loving this planet."

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Hancock, New Hampshire
Date of Birth:
February 7, 1958
Place of Birth:
Frankfurt, Germany
Education:
Syracuse University: B.A., Newhouse School of Public Communications, 1979; B.A., College of Arts and Sciences, 1979

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Spell of the Tiger: The Man-Eaters of the Sundarbans 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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In the peculiar area known as the Sunderbans, the tiger is the superior life form, not Homo Sapiens. In that mangrove swamp region of the world, they just regard us as another form of meat. Why do they? That's what Sy Montgomery tried to do is this enchanting, quick-reading book on the subject of maneating tigers in the Sunderbans. Maneating tigers that almost verge on the supernatural in their tenacity to get humans and ferocity without being killed. Montgomery arrives where she left off: why? These tigers have absolutely no fear of man and are incredibly smart, so you would think by now they would think of man as bad, but they haven't. Also included are interesting insights into Hindi religion particular to this region and Hindi-Muslim/Bangladeshi relations.