Dragons and Dragon Lore: A Worldwide Study of Dragons in History, Art and Legend (Forgotten Books) Paperback – 22 Dec 2007
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About the Author
About the Author:
"Ernest Ingersoll (March 13, 1852 - November 13, 1946) was a renowned American naturalist, writer and explorer.
A native of Monroe, Michigan, Ingersoll studied for a time at Oberlin College and afterward at Harvard University, where he was a pupil of Louis Agassiz. He went West as naturalist in the Hayden surveys of 1874 and 1877, and did much work with the United States Fish Commission.
He became widely known as a writer of specialized magazine articles, numerous guide books and as a lecturer on scientific subjects. He also contributed to the New International Encyclopedia.
Ernest Ingersoll was 94 years old when he died in Brattleboro, Vermont after a four-year illness." (Quote from wikipedia.org)
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The book itself might not be as comprehensive as some might expect, but the insight is worth every dime. Ernest Ingersoll was an aspiring writer and explorer with an even more invigorating passion for all things natural. Dragons, too, were not above his scope, and you will find this for yourself if you pick up this read.
However, as the title of this review suggests, if you're one of those people who would rather believe in a talking snake than accept the reality around them, then you might find this book hard to digest.
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The author lightly disparages not only the sources of his information but the cultures that produced them. The only mystery here is why the he chose to patronize a topic he clearly lacks enthusiasm or passion for. He fails to dig deep or to make connections. His conclusions are convincing in places, but contrived and simplistic in others.
As a basic review of the subject, it is informative in a textbook sort of way. Written in 1927, it is in the grip of darwinian arrogance, and he states his position in the early pages:
"It should be needless for me to say that no real animal of the more or less distant past was the ancestor or originator of the [dragon]; yet I find the belief still held, vaguely, by even the most intelligent...The dragon is pure figment of the human imagination".
His dismissive and brief, out-of-context treatment of the biblical references completely misses the significant and intriguing descriptions of behemoth and leviathon.
In his unimaginative drone, he does not bother to tackle the possibility that some of this globally similar mythology may be partially rooted in the collective memory of genuine, now-extinct creatures, and he presents the dragon purely as a fanciful cartoon of ignorant and superstitious prior civilizations.