Frontiers of Fear: Tigers and People in the Malay World, 1600-1950

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Yale University Press, 1 oct. 2008 - 320 pages
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For centuries, reports of man-eating tigers in Indonesia, Malaysia, and Singapore have circulated, shrouded in myth and anecdote. This fascinating book documents the “big cat”–human relationship in this area during its 350-year colonial period, re-creating a world in which people feared tigers but often came into contact with them, because these fierce predators prefer habitats created by human interference.

Peter Boomgaard shows how people and tigers adapted to each other’s behavior, each transmitting this learning from one generation to the next. He discusses the origins of stories and rituals about tigers and explains how cultural biases of Europeans and class differences among indigenous populations affected attitudes toward the tigers. He provides figures on their populations in different eras and analyzes the factors contributing to their present status as an endangered species. Interweaving stories about Malay kings, colonial rulers, tiger charmers, and bounty hunters with facts about tigers and their way of life, the book is an engrossing combination of environmental and micro history.
 

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Table des matières

1 Introduction
1
2 Meeting the Tiger and the Other Big Cats
10
Friend or Foe?
39
4 ManEating Tigers
61
Bounties for the Big Cats
87
6 Hunting and Trapping
107
7 Tiger and Leopard Rituals at the Javanese Courts 1605 1906
145
From Protection to Punishment
167
The Weretiger
186
10 The Rise Decline and Fall of the Tiger
207
11 Living Apart Together
224
Notes
239
References
265
Index
293
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Peter Boomgaard is a senior researcher at KITLV and professor of environmental history of Southeast Asia at the University of Amsterdam.

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