Manchester Orchestra - Sleeper 1972
I still see you inside this God-awful house
You move awfully quiet now
And I still feel you everywhere
You told me this has always been worth living
But what’s really worth living anymore?
A selection of incredible portraits from photographer Charles Fréger’s collection and book Wilder Mann, documenting the ancient pagan rites still being practiced throughout Europe today.
From the New York Times Lens blog:
About 10,000 years ago, humans began domesticating wild animals for both food and companionship. Over the course of centuries, animal species were bred for traits that made them docile and more useful to their masters. But as humans changed and fenced in animals, they were also domesticating themselves. The skills needed to survive in the wild were different than those needed to succeed in more complex social arrangements.
Mr Fréger was intrigued by the transformations of human being to beast that he witnessed in 18 European countries. They were, he said, celebrations of fertility, life and death and symbolized the complicated relationship between mankind and nature.
Saw this series in the last issue of National Geographic. It is awesome.
on particularly cold days, the homeless puppies of china’s jiulongjiang forest park will bark until this canteen stove is lit by workers, and then spend hours huddled around it for warmth.
china has an estimated 130 million street dogs who are subjected to a policy of extermination in most cities (including live burial). many of the dogs are abandoned when owners move into high rise buildings that either don’t have room or don’t allow the animals.
having dogs as companion animals was only recently made legal in china, as it was considered a bourgoise pastime by mao zedong, who saw compassion for non human animals as counter revolutionary. it remains illegal to keep a dog taller than 35 centimeters in the cities.
attitudes towards animal welfare in china are changing as a growing urban middle class has seen more people wanting to keep dogs as companions. that said, it is still common for dogs to be beaten to death in the streets — often by police officers and in broad view of young children — as no animal welfare or cruelty laws yet exist in the country.
but as mang ping, a professor at china’s central institute of socialism notes, “ancient manuscripts show that animal protection was the first activity to be regulated by the ancient dynasties,” adding, “our culture is embedded in benevolence, which is the core of buddhism [and daoism]. if we lose benevolence, we lose chinese culture.”
and benevolence, along with shifting attitudes, is what you see in these photos. no longer are the animals viewed either as food or a nuisance. learn more about dog welfare in china at animals asia foundation and the above links.