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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Un(s)even: On the tiger's side

(by dhr; cropped)

In Canto 6 of Il Mondo Creato, dealing with mammals, Tasso reports an old story about a 'safe technique' to go tiger hunting. It implies the use of a crystal sphere -- no, not in order to forecast the result, but as an actual weapon to make the big cat harmless. How? You'll find out in the book ;-) The most remarkable aspect, however, is that Tasso turns this fairy tale into a tragic symbol of human life. Tigers "R" us.