A Study of Dragons, East and West (Asian Thought and by Qiguang Zhao

By Qiguang Zhao

Few symbols saturate human civilization so largely and carefully as these of the ever-present and enigmatic dragon. This compelling ebook examines, compares, and analyzes the looks and symbolization of the jap and Western dragons and treats them because the crystallization of human cultures. It exhibits that chinese language dragons resemble each other yet recommend varied rules in numerous contexts, whereas Western dragons have various appearances yet frequently denote a unmarried proposal. As essentially the most extraordinary achievements of dragonology, this e-book deals stunning new insights into dragons as zoological «fact», mental archetypes, and ideological symbols.

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When a young man marries, he is expected to remain with his bride’s group, helping his in-laws, until the birth of the first child. If his father-in-law or one of his brothers-in-law is especially attractive as a good hunter, hard worker, or friend, the young man and his wife are apt to continue to remain in that community rather than to return to his group. The smaller bush communities may be composed of only four to eight households. As death brings about the dissolution of the closer ties of kinship, such small local bands may fragment and, in some cases, disappear.

In the final analysis, the issue is whether one is willing to opt intellectually for a theoretical onceupon-a-time construct (cf. Martin and Stewart 1982). In the years that have intervened since the excitement of the forager conferences of the late sixties, my research interests on the northern Dene turned to other questions. One recent project, however, led me by indirection to the question of maximal socioterritorial entities, tribal and supratribal, among the northern Dene. In developing a study [chapter 12 in this book] on the evidence of female infanticide among the Mackenzie Dene in the first half of the nineteenth century, my search of the literature on infanticide brought back the concept, refurbished, of the bounded band or population.

In summer, most of the wood used is driftwood, gathered by canoe or skiff. Another chore, usually performed daily, is checking the rabbit snares. As many as fifty snares may be set in the bush by one household. Each family unit will also have one to four gill nets placed at eddies in the river. In summer, especially, some of these may be several miles distant, and they are ordinarily visited daily by canoe. They are set through holes chopped in the ice in winter. Snares and nets are usually visited in the afternoon.

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