Mega Mammals in Ancient India: Rhinos, Tigers, and Elephants
Shibani Bose
  • ISBN : 9780190120412
  • year : 2020
  • language : English
  • binding : Hardbound
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Big mammals have always inspired fear and fantasy among humans. Not only do megafauna pervade the domains of religion, art, literature, and folklore, it is also now widely acknowledged that they can serve as important indices of environmental quality. In this book, Shibani Bose looks into eras bygone in order to chronicle the journeys of three mega mammals, the rhinoceros, elephant, and tiger, across millennia in early north India. By looking across archaeological evidence and literary records in Sanskrit, Pali, Prakrit, and classical Western accounts, Bose documents the presence of these big mammals in diverse cultural contexts. It aims to reconstruct human interactions with these mega species through time while trying to understand the larger ecology of ancient India.