Elephas Maximas

Elephas Maximas

A Portrait of the Indian Elephant

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Houghton
Revered in Indian religion and culture, coveted for its ivory tusks, the majestic Asian elephant has captured the fascination of humans for more than four thousand years. In an effort to shed light on this regal animal and its unique relationship with humankind, author Stephen Alter traveled around the world to explore its natural home and its place in history and myth.

Alter's search takes him from the depths of wildlife preserves, to a tempting elephant auction, to a dazzling festival dedicated to Ganesha the elephant-headed god. Elephas maximus is as important to modern India as it was centuries ago. Yet conservationists are fighting to preserve its endangered habitat as settlements expand, and ivory poaching has threatened generations of elephants until tuskless males may be all that survive. Charting the elephant in history, art, religion, and folklore, Alter draws a vivid, gorgeously written portrait of its past and its troubled present while offering hope for its future.


Baker & Taylor
The author explores the Asian fascination with the elephant, retracing four thousand years of history to reveal the role of this magnificent creature in history, art, religion, and folklore, while updating readers on the creature's current endangered status in Asia.

Harcourt Publishing
Revered in Indian religion and culture, coveted for its ivory tusks, the majestic Asian elephant has captured the fascination of humans for more than four thousand years. In an effort to shed light on this regal animal and its unique relationship with humankind, author Stephen Alter traveled around the world to explore its natural home and its place in history and myth.

Alter's search takes him from the depths of wildlife preserves, to a tempting elephant auction, to a dazzling festival dedicated to Ganesha the elephant-headed god. Elephas maximus is as important to modern India as it was centuries ago. Yet conservationists are fighting to preserve its endangered habitat as settlements expand, and ivory poaching has threatened generations of elephants until tuskless males may be all that survive. Charting the elephant in history, art, religion, and folklore, Alter draws a vivid, gorgeously written portrait of its past and its troubled present while offering hope for its future.


Book News
Fiction and non-fiction writer Alter (currently Massachusetts Institute of Technology) offers an homage to the species and an alarm call for its protection. He draws on his series of journeys to different parts of India in 2001-02 as well as myth, art, literature, and some biology and natural history. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Baker
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Presents the author's travels throughout India documenting the current status and plight of the Asian elephant, and includes testimony to the elephant's place in art, history, religion, and folklore.

Publisher: Orlando : Harcourt, Inc., 2004
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780151006465
0151006466
Characteristics: p ; cm

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