Scorpion

Scorpion No creature has quite the sting in our mythology and folklore as the scorpion From the dawn of human civilization they have been a dangerous figure in our imaginations poisonous precise and deadly q

  • Title: Scorpion
  • Author: Louise M. Pryke
  • ISBN: 9781780235929
  • Page: 404
  • Format: Paperback
  • No creature has quite the sting in our mythology and folklore as the scorpion From the dawn of human civilization they have been a dangerous figure in our imaginations poisonous, precise, and deadly quiet but as Louise M Pryke shows in this book, their bad reputation has overshadowed many exceptional qualities Scurrying across hundreds of millions of years and across evNo creature has quite the sting in our mythology and folklore as the scorpion From the dawn of human civilization they have been a dangerous figure in our imaginations poisonous, precise, and deadly quiet but as Louise M Pryke shows in this book, their bad reputation has overshadowed many exceptional qualities Scurrying across hundreds of millions of years and across every continent except Antarctica, this book gives the scorpion its due as one of nature s longest lasting survivors Indeed scorpions are older than dinosaurs An ancient arthropod, their form notable for its pair of pincers and an elegant tail that holds a menacing stinger high in the air in a permanent striking position hasn t changed since prehistoric times, though today there are some 1700 different species Throughout our existence scorpions have served as a powerful cultural and religious symbol sometimes dangerous, sometimes protecting from the Egyptian goddess Serket to Zodiac astrology to folk medicine A fascinating tour that takes us from the art of North Africa to the American Civil War to the markets of Beijing, Scorpion is an homage to one of earth s oldest residents.

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    1. The length of time it took me to read this is in no way indicative of any quality of the book itself. I've just had a ton of distractions and priorities lately. ANYWAY. As a mythology junkie from way back, and an animal fan even further, I loved this. And to find out that there is a whole SERIES out there, devoting entire books to the mythology surrounding a particular animal and it's relationship to us? HEAVEN! I've ordered a couple more and queued them up. Scorpion was a fascinating read. My f [...]

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