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The Resource In Quest of the Sacred Baboon

In Quest of the Sacred Baboon

Label
In Quest of the Sacred Baboon
Title
In Quest of the Sacred Baboon
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
  • eng
  • ger
  • eng
Summary
  • With their furry white mantles and gleaming red hindquarters, the Hamadryas appear frequently in the art of the ancient Egyptians - who may have interpreted the baboons' early morning grooming rituals as sun-worshipping rites. Back then, Hamadryas were thought to be incarnates of Thoth, the god of wisdom; today they are considered to have one of the most highly structured social systems among primates, very close, in some respects, to that of humans. In the 1960s, Kummer, after conflicts with nomadic warriors, managed to track down these elusive baboons near the Danakil Desert, and then followed them from dawn to dusk on their treks from one feeding place to another. His scientific account of this period reads like a travel memoir as he describes his encounters with the Hamadryas and the people with whom they share the desert
  • Winding his way through cliffs and stubble, Kummer records the baboons' social life, from the development of pair relationships to the way an entire group decides where to march each day. Much like the human nomads who cope with the harsh demands of the desert environment, the Hamadryas maintain a society that is strict and patriarchal in its details but multilayered and flexible in its largest units. We learn, for example, of the Hamadryas' respect for possession that protects family structure and of the cohesion among family leaders that lessens the threat of battle. At the same time, clear-cut personalities emerge from Kummer's account, drawing us into the life stories and power struggles of individual baboons. Whereas this rich detail holds many implications for natural scientists, the colorful way it comes to life makes for a compelling book bound to entertain and educate all readers
Cataloging source
IDEBK
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Biederman-Thorson, M. Ann
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Hamadryas baboon
  • Social behavior in animals
  • Comportement social chez les animaux
  • Hamadryas
  • NATURE
  • Hamadryas baboon
  • Social behavior in animals
  • Bavianen
  • Sociaal diergedrag
  • Mantelpavian
  • Hamadryas
  • Affen
  • Sozialverhalten
Label
In Quest of the Sacred Baboon
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 325-331) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Preface: Return to Red Rock -- Introduction: The Hamadryas Baboon: A Desert Saint and Lecher -- Ch. 1. The Zoo Baboons -- Ch. 2. On to Ethiopia -- Ch. 3. The One-Sided Marriage -- Ch. 4. Tensions, Conventions, and Alliances among Males -- Ch. 5. Life Histories -- Ch. 6. Experts in a Thorny Land -- Ch. 7. Anatomy of the Social Relationship -- Ch. 8. The Net and the Sword -- Ch. 9. The Eye of the Beholder -- Ch. 10. Mahdi -- Ch. 11. The Likely Evolution of Hamadryas Society: A Reconstruction and a Summary -- Publications by Authors Outside the Hamadryas Project -- Publications on the Hamadryas by the Zurich Group
Control code
ocn973774198
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781400887415
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
JSTOR
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
  • 994613
  • 22573/ctt1m3kx63
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)973774198
Label
In Quest of the Sacred Baboon
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 325-331) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Preface: Return to Red Rock -- Introduction: The Hamadryas Baboon: A Desert Saint and Lecher -- Ch. 1. The Zoo Baboons -- Ch. 2. On to Ethiopia -- Ch. 3. The One-Sided Marriage -- Ch. 4. Tensions, Conventions, and Alliances among Males -- Ch. 5. Life Histories -- Ch. 6. Experts in a Thorny Land -- Ch. 7. Anatomy of the Social Relationship -- Ch. 8. The Net and the Sword -- Ch. 9. The Eye of the Beholder -- Ch. 10. Mahdi -- Ch. 11. The Likely Evolution of Hamadryas Society: A Reconstruction and a Summary -- Publications by Authors Outside the Hamadryas Project -- Publications on the Hamadryas by the Zurich Group
Control code
ocn973774198
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781400887415
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
JSTOR
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
  • 994613
  • 22573/ctt1m3kx63
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)973774198

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