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Faces of the Wolf

Managing the Human, Non-human Boundary in Mongolia


Bernard Charlier

In his study of the human, non-human relationships in Mongolia, Bernard Charlier explores the role of the wolf in the ways nomadic herders relate to their natural environment and to themselves. The wolf, as the enemy of the herds and a prestigious prey, is at the core of two technical relationships, herding and hunting, endowed with particular cosmological ideas. The study of these relationships casts a new light on the ways herders perceive and relate to domestic and wild animals. It convincingly undermines any attempt to consider humans and non-humans as entities belonging a priori to autonomous spheres of existence, which would reify the nature-society boundary into a phenomenal order of things and so justify the identity of western epistemology.

Fenggang Yang and J. E. E. Pettit

’s side and descend to earth, forgetting their divine origin. The evangelistic urgency in Yiguandao is the need to awaken the Eternal Mother’s Buddha children before the coming apocalypse. 1 Lee, The Subjective Truths in the Holy Scriptures , 58. 2 Chinese Christian Research Centre, China Prayer Letter

Gansten, Martin

While the high degree of selection necessary in an overview of notable modern Hindu astrologers can never entirely escape the charge of subjectivity, the writers and practitioners discussed below have been selected on the combined grounds of the quantity and quality of their output