Animals and Human Society in Asia

Historical, Cultural and Ethical Perspectives

  • Rotem Kowner
  • Guy Bar-Oz
  • Michal Biran
  • Meir Shahar
  • Gideon Shelach-Lavi

Part of the The Palgrave Macmillan Animal Ethics Series book series (PMAES)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxxvii
  2. Rotem Kowner, Guy Bar-Oz, Michal Biran, Meir Shahar, Gideon Shelach-Lavi
    Pages 1-29
  3. Hunting and Domestication

  4. Animals as Food

  5. Animals at War

  6. Animals in Culture and Religion

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 421-433

About this book


"Animal studies is a vibrant field that renews humanities by breaking many barriers. This intense and beautiful volume exemplifies such breaking and renewing, as it connects Far-eastern and Near-eastern areas and the steppe world in between, and develops an engaged dialogue between archeology, history, religion, visual studies, economics, law, and more."

—Vincent Goossaert, professor of Daoism and Chinese religions, EPHE, PSL, Paris

This edited collection offers a comprehensive overview of the different aspects of human-animal interactions in Asia throughout history. With twelve thematically-arranged chapters, this book examines the diverse roles that beasts, livestock, and fish — real and metaphorical– have played in Asian history, society, and culture.

Ranging from prehistory to the present day, the authors address a wealth of topics including the domestication of animals, dietary practices and sacrifice, hunting, the use of animals in war, and the representation of animals in literature and art.

Providing a unique perspective on human interaction with the environment, the volume is cross-disciplinary in its reach, offering enriching insights to the fields of animal ethics, Asian studies, world history and more.


animals asia history society culture

Editors and affiliations

  • Rotem Kowner
    • 1
  • Guy Bar-Oz
    • 2
  • Michal Biran
    • 3
  • Meir Shahar
    • 4
  • Gideon Shelach-Lavi
    • 5
  1. 1.Department of Asian StudiesThe University of HaifaHaifaIsrael
  2. 2.Zinman Institute of ArchaeologyThe University of HaifaHaifaIsrael
  3. 3.Institute of Asian and African StudiesThe Hebrew University of JerusalemJerusalemIsrael
  4. 4.Department of East Asian StudiesTel Aviv UniversityTel AvivIsrael
  5. 5.Department of Asian StudiesThe Hebrew University of JerusalemJerusalemIsrael

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