Barbara J. King

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Being With Animals

"Being with Animals discusses our obsession with animals and the significance of human-animal bonds that cross spans of time, culture, gender, and ages and is a must read as we head into the century of the animal. Read it carefully, share it widely, and celebrate that fact that we ourselves are animals."
--Marc Bekoff, University of Colorado, Author of The Emotional Lives of Animals and Wild Justice

"A fascinating history of the relationship between humans and animals. Explores the importance of animals both in the religion and the daily lives of people around the world."
--Temple Grandin, Author of Animals in Transition and Animals Make us Human

"Being With Animals is a remarkable work, and the deconstruction of 'man the hunter' is worth the price of the book alone!....The author has amassed and digested an enormous range of literature, and has a special take on just about everything involving animals and spirituality. It was fascinating reading."
--Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson, Author of When Elephants Weep and The Face on Your Plate.

Selected Works

Nonfiction
Why are animals so irresistible to us? Why do we live with and care so deeply about them? From the famous "art caves" of ice-age Europe, to the ancient villages where animals were first domesticated, to stories of apes, whales, dogs, and cats doing fascinating things today, King weaves together a scenario about the animal-human bond that encompasses our past, present and future.
Can scientists discover a prehistory of religion just as they have traced the evolution of technology, language, and art? What does compassion in chimpanzees, or burial patterns in our human ancestors and Neanderthals, tell us about the origins of religion? In Evolving God, named a Top Ten Religion Book for 2007 by the American Library Association, Barbara King explores these questions.
How do chimpanzees, bonobos, and gorillas-- the African apes -- communicate using body postures and gestures? Using her many years of experience studying these apes, Barbara King answers this question in a book that offers a new perspective on the evolution of language.