Karl König, founder of the Camphill movement, had great compassion and empathy for people on the margins of society. Equally, he felt the same brotherly feelings towards the animal world. This remarkable book offers a closer understanding of some specific mammals, fish and birds and, along the way, great insight into human nature as well.
A combination of three previous editions, König considers the mythological and historical background, and unique characteristics, of elephants, bears, horses, cats and dogs; penguins, seals, dolphins, salmon and eels; and swans and stork, sparrows and doves. Together, the lively sketches form a visionary zoology.
Introduction by Imanuel Klotz
The Origin of Seals
The Life of Penguins
The Migration of Salmon and Eels
The Bear Tribe and its Myth
Swans and Storks
The Dove as a Sacred Bird
The Sparrows of the Earth
Dolphins – Children of the Sea
Cats and Dogs – Companions of Man
The essays in this volume were first published in the journal Die Drei in Stuttgart, starting with "The Migration of Salmon and Eels" and "The Dove as a Sacred Bird" in 1956.