Animals and Religious Traditions

Paul Waldau

in The Specter of Speciesism

Published in print October 2003 | ISBN: 9780195145717
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199834792 | DOI:

Series: AAR Academy Series

Animals and Religious Traditions

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Because religious traditions are both complex and cumulative, this chapter analyzes what it means to claim generally that an entire religious tradition is, across time and place, characterized by a “view of” or “claims about” nonhuman animals. The issue of anachronism, i.e. imposition of modern constructs on ancient strata of these traditions, is addressed. The occurrence within religious traditions of some aspects of natural history (views of other animals that describe the features of their bodies and lives for identification purposes) is also evaluated.

Keywords: anachronism; animals; modern constructs; natural history; religious tradition

Chapter.  4153 words. 

Subjects: Buddhism

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