Ethnobiology of Bats : Exploring Human-Bat Inter-Relationships in a Rapidly Changing World

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dc.contributor University of Helsinki, Organismal and Evolutionary Biology Research Programme en
dc.contributor University of Helsinki, Helsinki Institute of Sustainability Science (HELSUS) en Rocha, Ricardo López-Baucells, Adrià Fernandez-Llamazares, Alvaro 2021-04-30T09:20:02Z 2021-04-30T09:20:02Z 2021-03
dc.identifier.citation Rocha , R , López-Baucells , A & Fernandez-Llamazares , A 2021 , ' Ethnobiology of Bats : Exploring Human-Bat Inter-Relationships in a Rapidly Changing World ' , Journal of Ethnobiology , vol. 41 , no. 1 , pp. 3-17 . en
dc.identifier.issn 0278-0771
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dc.description.abstract Although elusive due to their mostly nocturnal behavior, bats have fascinated humans for millennia. From their ubiquitous presence in Mayan mythology to being regarded as symbols of good fortune in the Middle-to-Late Qing Dynasty of China, bats have been both feared and celebrated across cultures from all over the world. The research articles included in this collection illustrate the myriad ways in which bats and humans have interacted over time, highlighting how these airborne mammals have been associated with death, witchcraft, vampires, malevolent spirits, and evil in some cultures, while, in other places-particularly across the Asia-Pacific region-they have been largely linked to luck and good fortune and used as spiritual totems. This collection also showcases how multiple cultural groups, particularly across the tropics, have traditionally hunted bats for human consumption and traditional medicine, and used their guano as a fertilizer. In times of rapid global change and when bats are often associated with zoonotic disease risks, a trend that has been magnified by the COVID-19 pandemic, this special issue constitutes one significant step towards a richer understanding of bat-human inter-relationships. The lives of humans and bats have been closely intertwined over time and our collection celebrates how bat diversity supports the biocultural richness of our planet. en
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dc.language.iso eng
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dc.subject Chiroptera en
dc.subject ethno-chiropterology en
dc.subject ethnozoology en
dc.subject human-bat interactions en
dc.subject human-wildlife conflict en
dc.subject 1181 Ecology, evolutionary biology en
dc.subject 5143 Social and cultural anthropology en
dc.title Ethnobiology of Bats : Exploring Human-Bat Inter-Relationships in a Rapidly Changing World en
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