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"Listen carefully to the voices of the birds": a comparative review of birds as signs

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Around the world, people notice birds, talk about birds, and learn from birds. Birds are identified as signs, messengers, augurs, teachers, and beings that can affect one's life and livelihood. The significations of birds vary across cultures and shift over time, but not in entirely arbitrary ways. In this review of published literature from the Human Relations Area Files and elsewhere on birds as signs, we extracted details about 498 kinds of birds in 123 ethnolinguistic groups and found tha...

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Peer reviewed
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10.2993/0278-0771-38.4.533

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
Social Sciences Division
Department:
SAME
Subgroup:
Human Sciences Institute
Publisher:
Society of Ethnobiology Publisher's website
Journal:
Journal of Ethnobiology Journal website
Volume:
38
Issue:
4
Publication date:
2018-12-01
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ISSN:
0278-0771
Pubs id:
pubs:959178
URN:
uri:1e945155-a611-426c-addd-39f83628548c
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uuid:1e945155-a611-426c-addd-39f83628548c
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pubs:959178

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