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文学祭、雪男に光を当てる [ブータン]

イエティとその存在を巡る伝説
Yeti and myth surrounding its existence
Kuensel、2018年8月27日、Rinchen Zangmo記者
http://www.kuenselonline.com/yeti-and-myth-surrounding-its-existence/

毎年この時期になると、「マウンテンエコー文学祭」のセッションのレポートが紙面を飾ることが多い。たいていは欧米人が出した英文の本の宣伝のようなトークセッションなわけだが、そんな中、今年は初日のセッションで「雪男」を取り上げた本の著者が登壇し、会場を盛り上げたらしい。

Yeti: The Ecology of a Mystery

Yeti: The Ecology of a Mystery

  • 作者: Daniel C. Taylor
  • 出版社/メーカー: Oxford Univ Pr
  • 発売日: 2017/10/30
  • メディア: ハードカバー
内容紹介(手抜きで和訳を省略します)
This book explains the mystery of the Yeti or Abominable Snowman, the creature that has left mysterious footprints in Himalayan snows. The book also explores why people are so fascinated with the possibility that a wild hominoid might still reclusively live (the idea of a wild humanity alive in people's hopes). Here also is the extraordinary story of one man's conservation impact-a quest for mysterious animal caused him to lead in creating two massive national parks around Mount Everest, one in China/Tibet and one in Nepal.
This book narrates how the author explores much of the 2,000-mile breadth of the Himalaya, from his childhood in India to his work years in Nepal, China/Tibet, and Bhutan. From 1956 until 2015 he visited almost all valley systems. The book recounts his ascents of Himalayan summits and even a first descent of a major river, Nepal's Sun Kosi.
This book not only explains scientifically the Yeti and describes a range of Himalayan animals and plants, it also brings forward a wide scope of ecological understanding. Significant among these is the author's postulate about bioresilience as a parallel dynamic to biodiversity. Additionally, the author explores what it means (and how important it is) for people to be part of 'the wild' in today's increasingly domesticated world. Taylor's breadth of Himalayan knowledge is massive, the story captivating and full of surprises-and what he has accomplished includes 'discovering' the Yeti as well as creating two huge national parks.

なんと天下のオックスフォード大学出版会が出している由緒正しい本らしい。著者はちゃんとした学者さんらしく、ヒマラヤ生態系研究の第一人者のようである。1990年には当時王国だったネパールで国王から勲章を授与されている。手抜きで和訳を省略しちゃった本書の内容をちょっとだけ補足すると、著者が踏査したのはネパールとチベットで、ブータンではない。

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