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THE HUNTER, THE STAG, AND THE MOTHER OF ANIMALS: IMAGE, MONUMENT, AND LANDSCAPE IN ANCIENT NORTH ASIA. Esther Jacobson-Tepfer. Oxford University Press, 2015. 448 pp. ISBN 9780190202361 In English.
This title is offered as a special-order item. Publisher's description: The Hunter, the Stag, and the Mother of Animals offers an in-depth exploration of the changing traditions of belief in pre-Bronze and Bronze Age North Asia. Esther Jacobson-Tepfer centers her argument on a female deity and her evolution up until the early Iron Age, across a 2,000 year period. Through the art historical and archaeological evidence of the symbolic systems left behind, she traces the progression of the deity from an originating animal mother through her incarnation as the mother of animals, her late embodiment as the guardian of the road to the land of the dead, the transformation of her essential liminality into the structures of predation and, in the form of a predated stag, her subsequent destruction. In detailed commentaries on rock art structures and monuments, Jacobson-Tepfer reconstructs and explores how the deity's power was embedded in the Janus-faced concept of life/death: how, in all her forms, the deity occupied the threshold between the worlds of humans and ancestors, humans and animals.
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Plans: 71
Worldwide Number: 166166
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