This is a short book of the cultural and symbolic relevance of the tiger in Asia, and
the decline of its cult over time. The author, one of the world's foremost authorities
on the tiger, argues that it is this very symbolic status of the tiger which has
Responsible for its survival in Asia. With the invention of the gun, and
an acceleration of sport-hunting, the status of the tiger declined, leading to the
present situation where specific conservation efforts are necessary to ensure the
In this little book, beautifully illustrated with rare photographs, the author discusses
both the rich cult built around the tiger, and the problems faced by the animal
across Asia. Valmik Thapar take the reader on a journey from Siberia, across the
Caspian, to Korea, and China, through Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia into
Thailand and Malaysia, to the Indonesian Islands, and finally into Burma and India.
Along the way, the reader encounters tables rich in folklore, belief and ritual, of
worship, respect and fear of the majestic tiger.
The author believes that hose interested in tigers and their conservation, require
an understanding of how this remarkable animal was worshipped and revered, in
order to assure and work for its future survival.
This fascinating account will appeal to anyone interested in the stories, myths and
legends built around the tiger in Asia, and all wildlife and conservation
About the Author:
Valmik Thapar is a member f several committees relating to the Ministry
of Environment and Forest. He has been closely associated with the
Ranthambhore National Park since 1975, and is the founder of the Ranthambhore
Foundation, which works to save the tiger in India. He has presented the BBC film
series 'Land of the Tiger', and has authored more than ten books on the tiger.
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