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Avian Illuminations: A Cultural History of Birds

Avian Illuminations: A Cultural History of Birds

Author Boria Sax
Publisher Reaktion Books
Publication Date 2021-12-27
Section New Hardcover - Nonfiction / Nature
Type New
Format Hardcover
ISBN 9781789144321

An exquisitely illustrated journey through the complex and crucial relationship between humans and birds.

Avian Illuminations examines the many roles birds have played in human society, from food, messengers, deities, and pets, to omens, muses, timekeepers, custodians, hunting companions, decorative motifs, and, most importantly, embodiments of our aspirations. Boria Sax narrates the history of our relationships with a host of bird species, including crows, owls, parrots, falcons, eagles, nightingales, hummingbirds, and many more. Along the way, Sax describes how birds’ nesting has symbolized human romance, how their flight has inspired inventors throughout history, and he concludes by showing that the interconnections between birds and humans are so manifold that a world without birds would effectively mean an end to human culture itself. Beautifully illustrated, Avian Illuminations is a superb overview of humanity’s long and rich association with our avian companions.

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