By Jill Bough
Though donkeys have traditionally been between our Most worthy domesticated animals—from plowing fields to navigating tricky terrain—they were a lot maligned in pop culture and given little or no admire. loads so, that their perceived characteristics of stupidity and stubbornness have made their approach into the language of insult. yet in Donkey, Jill Bough champions this humble creature, proving that once 10,000 years of domestication, this quite hard-working animal merits our appreciation.
Bough unearths the animal’s old importance in old Egypt, the place it used to be hugely regarded—even worshipped. even if, this increased prestige didn't undergo in historic Greece and Rome, the place donkeys have been denigrated, ridiculed, and abused. seeing that that point, donkeys have persisted to be linked to the poorest and so much marginalized in human societies. All that point and worldwide, donkeys stay used for innumerable projects, or even this day, donkeys are thought of to be the most effective draught animals in constructing international locations, the place they proceed to make an important contribution. Bough rounds out her account with a glance on the number of social, cultural, and spiritual meanings that donkeys have embodied, specifically in literature and art.
With debts which are either attention-grabbing and touching, this cultural heritage of the donkey will motivate a brand new admire and admiration for this crucial creature.
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Com/ Cyprus www. windowoncyprus. com/donkeys. htm Israel www. safehaven4donkeys. org/ Spain www. nerjadonkeysanctuary. com/ united states www. donkeyrescue. org www. wldburrorescue. org www. longhopes. org Acknowledgements i want to thank kin, acquaintances and co-workers for his or her encouragement during the strategy of penning this ebook – and for hearing never-ending hours of reports approximately donkeys! distinctive thank you visit my husband for his support, help and endurance, and to my mom from whom I inherited a love of donkeys. particular thank you additionally visit Wendy Michaels and Marea Mitchell who learn drafts of the booklet. i'm thankful to people who willingly shared their photos with me; to Jenny Marriott and Owen Michaels-Hardy who generously lent their machine abilities; and to employees at Reaktion who helped to lead me, particularly Harry Gilonis for top me in the course of the mysteries of illustrations. i might particularly prefer to recognize all these donkeys that proceed to encourage me as they accompany and serve people all over the place; and all these people who paintings tirelessly to relieve the affliction of donkeys around the globe. picture Acknowledgements the writer and publishers desire to exhibit their due to the lower than assets of illustrative fabric and/or permission to breed it. (Some assets uncredited within the captions for purposes of brevity also are given less than. ) The paintings Institute of Chicago: pp. 50, 70; photographs courtesy the Australian struggle Memorial, Campbell, ACT: pp. 112 (ref. B01618), one hundred fifteen (ref. E00091), 124 (ref. 056326); courtesy of the writer: p. 29; picture Brad B. Biggers: p. 104; Bodleian Library, Oxford: pp. eight, 22, 25 (top right), 113, 133; Boston Museum of excellent Arts: p. sixty seven; from Sebastian Brant, Das Narren Schyff. advert Narragoniam (Basel, 1494): p. 131; British Museum, London (Department of Prints and Drawings): pp. fifty five, fifty nine, a hundred and ten; pictures © Trustees of the British Museum: pp. fifty five, fifty nine, one hundred ten, 132; picture Kimberly Brown-Azzarello: p. 24; from Buffon’s Histoire Naturelle, Générale et Particulière, vol. XXII (Paris, 1799/1800): pp. 14, forty two; The Cleveland Museum of paintings: p. sixty nine; photograph Giovanni Dall’Orto: p. sixty six; picture Mar Daniel/Dreamstime. com: p. 34; picture Debu55y/Dreamstime. com: p. fifty seven; Egyptian Museum Berlin: p. forty six (top); photograph Ed Emery: p. 31; picture © Fleyeing/2011 iStock foreign Inc. : p. nine (foot); The Frick assortment, long island: p. a hundred and fifty five; picture Tony Fricko: p. nine (top); photograph David Haberlah: p. sixteen; The Armand Hammer Museum of paintings and Cultural Centre, l. a.: p. 137; picture Shara Henderson/Mood Board/ Rex positive aspects: p. 6; picture Martha Howard, Elms Farm Miniature Donkeys, Mason, OH (35; Library of Congress, Washington, DC (Prints and images Division): pp. 15, seventy nine, eighty one, eighty two, eighty five, 109, one hundred twenty; (Prints and images department – Morgan number of Civil struggle drawings): p. 111; picture © Lingbeek/2011 iStock overseas Inc. : p. a hundred; from S. M. McCandless, The Burro booklet (Pueblo, co, 1900): p. eighty; picture © Charlotte McGuire/2011 iStock foreign Inc. : p. 138; picture Servel Miller: p. 38; morguefile. com: p. 36; Musée des Beaux-Arts de los angeles Ville du Paris: p.