By Gregory McNamee
Following the version of the medieval Latin bestiaries, Gregory McNamee has written a publication right now naturalistic, folkloristic, and literary, made of brief essays on forty-three animals of the world’s deserts. those essays talk about the creatures as they're and as they're imagined, and produce their common lives and histories vividly to the web page.
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In winter the wild camel keeps Page 29 entirely to the lower and warmer desert, only entering the mountains from time to time. Unlike the domesticated animal, whose chief characteristics are cowardice, stupidity, and apathy, the wild variety is remarkable for its sagacity and admirably developed senses. Its sight is marvellously keen, hearing exceedingly acute, and sense of smell wonderfully perfect. The hunters told us that a camel could scent a man several versts off, see him, however cautiously he might approach, from a great distance, and hear the slightest rustle of his footsteps.
There inside Green flowers Page 4 Cover me. There inside Manic is. Broad Mountain stands. There below, waters primed to spurt. And I below there go, On stick's end cling: Stick glitters, then enter. In Arnhem Land, certain witches are thought to use a potion made of green ants and lizards to close incisions made in victims whose souls they have robbed. Green ants then bite any protruding organs until they retreat into the body, after which the victim is bashed on the head and told to forget what has happened to him.
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