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Monkeys populate our culture, from the adorable hijinks of Curious George and the loyal friendship between Aladdin and Abu to the menacing gait of the winged ones in The Wizard of Oz We visit them in zoos and even sometimes keep them as pets la Catherine de Medici and Michael Jackson As renowned zoologist Desmond Morris shows, it is not surprising that we are so attracted to them While we sometimes view monkeys as trivial or comic, their mischievousness is delightful, and their urge to explore and love of activity fascinate us.Monkey unpacks human attitudes toward these animals, tracing our connection with them throughout history Morris reveals that our fascination with monkeys extends through many cultures and erasancient Egyptians revered baboons, monkey deities featured prominently in ancient Chinese and Japanese religions, and sacred status was given to the langur monkey by some groups in India He also describes how our relationship with monkeys has changed since Darwin, and even become troubledthis in depth knowledge of our own origins amplifies our identification with and concern for the idea of monkeys primitivism and destructive behaviors Drawing a vibrant picture of these beguiling animals and their continued popularity with humans, Monkey brings a new understanding to our complicated relationship with the ever curious George....

Title : Monkey (Animal)
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ISBN : 1780230966
Format Type : Paperback
Language : English
Publisher : Reaktion Books June 15, 2013
Number of Pages : 224 pages
File Size : 971 KB
Status : Available For Download
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Monkey (Animal) Reviews

  • lyndonbrecht
    2019-02-17 00:21

    This is an odd book, but excellently written and the photos are outstanding. Morris explores natural histories, monkeys in legends and religion (for example, Hanuman), monkeys as servants for the disabled (Morris uses the word "slave"), and more. The monkey as a cultural figure is well-covered. The organ grinder's monkey, monkey business, monkeys as symbols of fun, lust or shallowness.