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Show simple item record Van Dooren, T 2012-10-12T03:31:09Z 2011-01
dc.identifier.citation 2011, 1
dc.identifier.isbn 978-1861898067
dc.identifier.other A1 en_US
dc.description.abstract Simply because they are large scavenging birds, vultures are often viewed as harbingers of death. But, as Thom van Dooren shows in this cultural and natural history, that dominant association leaves us with a very one-dimensional understanding of a group of actually rather fascinating and diverse creatures. Vulture offers an enlightening new history of this much-misunderstood bird. Vultures vary in type and size, and while some have a diet mainly of bone, others are actually almost completely vegetarian. Most interesting, despite its notorious association with death, the vulture very rarely, if ever, kills for itself. In different cultural mythologies, vultures play a role in disposing of the dead and officiating over human sacrifices, but they have often been viewed as courageous and noble creatures as wellbelieved to be indispensable in the containment of waste and disease and even to be world creators and divine mothers. Van Dooren explores these many histories, from some of the earliest-known Neolithic sites in which vultures are thought to have consumed the dead to contemporary efforts to reintroduce the bearded vulture into the Alps. Highlighting the rich diversity of vultures and the many ways in which people have understood and lived with them, Vulture invites a new appreciation and wonder for these incredible birds.
dc.publisher Reaktion Books
dc.title Vulture
dc.type Book
dc.journal.number en_US
dc.publocation London en_US
dc.publocation Auckland, New Zealand
dc.identifier.startpage en_US
dc.identifier.endpage en_US FASS.Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences en_US
dc.conference Verified OK en_US
dc.conference Australasian Fluid Mechanics Conference
dc.for 220316 Philosophy of Specific Cultures (Incl. Comparative Philosophy)
dc.for 200299 Cultural Studies Not Elsewhere Classified
dc.personcode 106441
dc.percentage 50 en_US Cultural Studies not elsewhere classified en_US
dc.classification.type FOR-08 en_US
dc.edition 1 en_US
dc.custom en_US en_US 2010-12-05
dc.location.activity en_US
dc.location.activity Auckland, New Zealand
dc.description.keywords animal, vulture, funeral rites, death rites, animal history, natural history en_US
dc.description.keywords NA
pubs.embargo.period Not known
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney/Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney/Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences/Education Group
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