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Deirdre Jackson
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30 April 2010 Animal
Majestic, noble, brave lions, with their tawny coats and luminous eyes, have inspired countless stories, traditions and beliefs. Whether we are seduced by their beauty or drawn to danger, we want to be near them. No other animal has had such an enduring symbolic resonance; lions have been painted on wood and canvas, chiselled in stone, cast in metal and featured on the pages of medieval manuscripts. In this lavishly illustrated book, Deirdre Jackson draws on the latest scientific research, folklore, travel literature, lion tamers' memoirs and little-known sources to guide readers on a memorable cultural safari. Roaring lions sound invincible, but like other large, wide-ranging predators they are in danger of disappearing. Poised at the top of the ecological pyramid, these adaptable and gregarious animals have always been far less plentiful than those on which they prey. The vulnerable African lion is now confined to the sub-Sahara, and its Asian cousin is critically endangered. "Lion", one of the few books to consider both, traces our relationship with the animals through the centuries and paints a fresh picture of these charismatic creatures.

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Reaktion Books; 1st Edition edition (30 April 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1861896557
  • ISBN-13: 978-1861896551
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 13.5 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 526,026 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'will appeal even to those who would never normally pick up a book on the natural world.' - Mary Beard, The Guardian 'Books of the Year' 'Considering that 30-odd titles have appeared in Reaktion's superbly realised Animals series, it has taken a surprising time to reach the king of beasts. Still, it was worth the wait. Jackson has produced a fascinating volume of leonine revelations ... she provides plenty for big cat lovers to purr about.' - The Independent

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Deirdre Jackson works in the Department of Manuscripts at the British Library and is a Fellow of the Zoological Society of London (ZSL).

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5.0 out of 5 stars LION 18 May 2012
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This book was first published in 2010, has 195 pages, 49 B/W photos and 66 colour pictures but no maps. Magestic, noble and brave, Lion is the animal in humans mind, as the KING OF THE BEASTS. We are still puzzled by the male's mane. Lion was roaming in Tanzania about 2 million years ago and early cave paintings of lions go back to 32,000 years old. Now, only 36,000 lions may be left in Africa and about 300 in India. Being very powerful, they are also most vulnerable. Each lion has a unique set of wisker spots. The lions start roaring after their 1st birthday. Communal roaring is unique to lions. Lions know when to keep quiet. Lioness ovulate and conceive at the same time. For lions, conflict never ends. In Kalahari desert, lions quench their thirst on melons and cucumbers. Lions produce very smelly waste and have a very bad breath. Lioness prefer male lions with dark manes.'No rain, no mane'.
Next the book explains the 'Born Free' story and male and female big cat trainers. Public enjoyed seeing lion tricks in circuses. The Royals also starting keeping lions and so did professional artists. It was also found that lions made friends with domestic animals like dogs and sheep.
The next chapter deals with lion lore and legend, with many old pictures and paintings. Some of them 4000 years old. Lions are featured in medieval books and works of art. Lion is associated with life giving forces of SUN and WATER. Constellation LEO was identified 4000 yaers ago, the sign of JULY. Conscripted lions were used to guard buildings and drive away evil spirits. Lion stands for power, majesty, justice and mercy.
Hunters pursuit on the lions. Most failed to realise the velocity of its charge. Egyptian Pharaohs(1390 BC) and later Mughal Emperors(1615) hunted lions.
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