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1. Title Title of document Index - Charming Beauties and Frightful Beasts
2. Creator Author's name, affiliation, country Fabrizio M. Ferrari; University of Chester;
2. Creator Author's name, affiliation, country Thomas Dähnhardt; Ca’ Foscari University of Venice; Italy
3. Subject Discipline(s) Philosophy; Anthropology
4. Subject Keyword(s) philosophy; non-human animals; religion; South Asia
5. Subject Subject classification B1-5802; Philosophy (General); QL750-795; Animal behavior; GN280.7; Man as an animal. Simian traits versus human traits; DS331-349.9; Southern Asia. Indian Ocean Region
6. Description Abstract The study of non-human animals as other-than-human persons (including animal-spirits and divine animals) has marked a significant shift in the ethics and politics of the academic study of religion. Charming Animals and Frightful Beasts investigates how South Asian religions, with their sacred narratives, ritual and non-ritual practices and performances, bear witness to the active presence of non-human animals as both culture makers/bearers and symbols of spirituality. With bourgeoning debates on religion, indigeneity, ecotheology and environmentalism, this volume urges for a promotion and an in-depth analysis of the roles and places of animals in South Asian traditions.

The structure of the book reflects that of the most popular collection of folktales on animals in South Asia, the Pañcatantra. Such an arrangement creates the backbone for an articulate, clear and reasoned discussion on animals and the concept of animality in different South Asian traditions, or various aspects of the same tradition. Like the original Sanskrit text, the volume is divided into five books (tantras), each dealing with themes as different as South Asian animals as divine messengers, restorers of order, symbols of cultural identity, exemplary beings, spiritual teachers, objects of human reverence and portents symbolizing the life cycle, including its inevitable end.
7. Publisher Organizing agency, location Equinox Publishing Ltd
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9. Date (YYYY-MM-DD) 01-Oct-2013
10. Type Status & genre Peer-reviewed Article
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12. Format File format PDF
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14. Identifier Digital Object Identifier 10.1558/equinox.21401
15. Source Journal/conference title; vol., no. (year) Equinox eBooks Publishing; Charming Beauties and Frightful Beasts
16. Language English=en en
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