The Story of Asia's Elephants

The Story of Asia's Elephants

by R. Sukumar


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The Story of Asia's Elephants by R. Sukumar

A unique art history written by a field scientist, describing elephant-human interactions in Asia through specific periods in its history.

The book includes stunning unpublished images of the Asian Elephant in nature and in the arts.

For its sheer contrast and splendour, the relationship between the elephant and humans in Asia is unrivalled by any other relationship between beast and man through history. This theme of the elephant-human relationship is the fascinating subject of this book.

There have been several large-format, pictorial books on elephants but most of these have been on African elephants or have covered only the captive Asian elephant rather cursorily. In spite of the rich elephant culture through the ages in India and other Asian countries, there has been no single volume that comprehensively covers this history, though there are several short accounts of specific periods or themes based on the literary, archaeological, numismatic, and art historical evidence. The present author has also attempted an ecological interpretation of this rich history in his book The Living Elephants (2003).

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9789380581101
Publisher: Marg Foundation
Publication date: 04/16/2012
Pages: 300
Product dimensions: 8.70(w) x 11.30(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

R. Sukumar is Professor and Chairmanat the Centre for Ecological Sciences, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. His primary research interest is the Asian Elephant in all aspects. Presently involved with global warming studies, he is recognized internationally for his contributions to this field.

Table of Contents

1. The Asian Elephant in prehistory and proto-history
2. Elephants in Vedic and Epic Literature
3. From the kingdoms of the North to the Mauryan empire
4. The Elephant goes West
5. The Buddhist and Jain world
6. Elephant culture under Hindu rulers
7. The Elephant in India during the Islamic period
8. The Elephant in Colonial Asia
9. The Elephant in Independent Asia
10. Ecology and conservation of Asia s elephants

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