The Spiritual Aspect of the Human-Animal Bond

Our friend Barbara King, an anthropologist at The College of William & Mary, has just published her newest book, Being With Animals, looking at the complex and deep connection we have with the animal kingdom. King traces the evolutionary and spiritual history of the way we relate to animals—expressed through cave art and hunting, domestication (described as a process of mutual engagement), and various religious traditions—and shares some of her own personal history with monkeys, apes, and cats.
As she sums up the book:

The idea is WHY are we so obsessed with animals, HOW did that come about in evolutionary and religious contexts, and WHAT does it all mean for the ethics of our relating with animals?

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  1. patrick says:

    when did man first invent god, or gods?

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