A Big Elephant Has Been Killed

Although Ghana provides the setting, the novel foregrounds a range of issues relevant to Africa and the black Diaspora as a whole.

Author: Yaw Agyeman

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 9781469740041

Category: Fiction

Page: 228

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A Big Elephant Has Been Killed is a deeply moving and gripping narrative that interweaves stories of ordinary friendships and love's lost promises with a discussion of society and politics in contemporary Ghana. Although Ghana provides the setting, the novel foregrounds a range of issues relevant to Africa and the black Diaspora as a whole. Badly disillusioned from their years of youthful idealism, a group of friends clings with fleeting solace to their vision for their country through their discussions on poverty, pan-Africanism, underdevelopment, religious identity, social revolution and Africa's relationship with the West. But the challenges of their daily existence compel them to question the ethics and relevance of their idealism, and eventually lead to the desperate decision to steal from the "Big Elephant" in the penultimate gamble to empower themselves as agents of social transformation.

Writers and Social Thought in Africa

A big elephant has been killed. Bloomington, IL: iUniverse. Aidoo, A.A. 1965. Dilemma of a ghost. London: Longman. Aidoo, A.A. 1997. Our sister killjoy. London: Longman. Aldridge, D.P. 2003. Africana studies and gender relations in the ...

Author: Wale Adebanwi

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317378624

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 136

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Social theory and social theorizing about Africa has largely ignored African literature. However, because writers are some of the continent’s finest social thinkers, they have produced – and continue to produce – works which constitute potential sources for the analysis of social thought, and for constructing social theory, in and beyond the continent. This comprehensive collection examines the relationship between African literature and African social thought. It explores the evolution and aesthetics of social thought in African fiction, and African writers’ conceptions of power and authority, legitimacy, history and modernity, gender and sexuality, culture, epistemology, globalization, and change and continuity in Africa. This book was originally published as a special issue of the Journal of Contemporary African Studies.

The Wisdom Teachings of Harish Johari on the Mahabharata

were getting killed every day and it was nothing important. Krishna said, “Now that Ashvatthama the elephant has been killed will you confirm that Ashvatthama has been killed?” Yudhishthira said, “I cannot make a statement which is only ...

Author: Wil Geraets

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781594779329

Category: Religion

Page: 256

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Harish Johari’s revelations on the lessons and predictions in this classic Indian epic • Examines the lessons of the main characters in the Mahabharata and how each symbolizes an aspect of human consciousness • Explains dharma in modern terms, shedding light on major events in our time • Contains a modern retelling of the Bhagavad Gita, the essence of Indian philosophy • Includes teachings on the relationship between energy, the elements, and the chakras and on the causes for war in this epic story • Compiled and Edited by Wil Geraets Harish Johari (1934-1999), the distinguished North Indian author and Tantric scholar, spent a lifetime studying the Mahabharata and the lessons it contains. Known the world over for its famous chapters on the story of the hero Arjuna and the Bhagavad Gita, this ancient epic is more than just stories. As Johari reveals, the Mahabharata’s teaching tales contain insight on justice and injustice, individual and cosmic consciousness, Indian philosophy, and the four eras of humankind, including our current era, the Kali Yuga. Based on numerous talks given by Johari, this book presents the deeper layers of the Mahabharata, revealing its wisdom and teachings in a contemporary and often entertaining way. Examining the lessons of the main characters and how each symbolizes an aspect of human consciousness, Johari explores the lives of Bhishma and Arjuna, the events in the Pandava and Kaurava families leading up to their battle at Kurukshetra, lesser-known stories such as the tale of Karna’s previous life as a demon, and a modern retelling of the Bhagavad Gita. Johari explains the complex concept of dharma in present-day language, shedding light on events unfolding in our current age, the Kali Yuga, and offers insights on the relationship between energy, the elements, and the chakras and on the causes for war in this epic story.

When the Flies Once Owned the Camels and Eighty Other Stories of the Rendille

Unfortunately Elephant believed the untrue nnnours and when he was also told that Rhino had been involved in the death of Elephant's daughter a few months earlier. he heetune so angry that he could not even listen to the rest of the ...

Author: Anders Grum

Publisher: Dorrance Publishing

ISBN: 9781434915351

Category: Fiction

Page: 164

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The Rendille camel nomads have for many centuries lived and moved with their herds of camels, goats, sheep and entire homesteads in the semi-desert and open bush land of northern Kenya in a vast area, too dry for growing crops or even for herding cattle like the Maasai. In the 1970's Anders Grum, a Danish architect and his family lived and moved for seven months with one nomadic Rendille settlement of 52 houses to study the habitation and migration of the camel nomads. As one source of understanding the Rendille way of life he collected traditional tales and myths. In this volume they are presented with more than 200 photographs of traditional Rendille nomadic life in the 1970's. The 81 stories give us a picture of the grandiose, but harsh environment; of tricksters and fools, cleverness and greed, of hardship and bravery, love and sex, and not least of respect for the camel.


Even if there were a loss of 30% in the number of young growing to maturity, as indicated in earlier studies, there would be a population of 2,000 animals in twelve years. The Malayan elephant has a life span of approximately 70 years.

Author: Mohd Momin Khan

Publisher: ITBM

ISBN: 9789674303594

Category: Elephants

Page: 120

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Jungle Lore

Otters, however, are big-hearted animals and quite possibly – like human beings – they value their sport in ... Inquiries at the Superintendent's office in Naini Tal elicited the information that an elephant had been killed by the ...

Author: Jim Corbett

Publisher: Ponytale Books

ISBN: 9789380637808

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 180

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Jim Corbett is famous for his exploits as a hunter, but there was so much more to the man than tracking down man-eating tigers and leopards. In fact, ‘Carpet Sahib’ (as many Indians called him) was a conservationist at heart, with a deep love for jungles – its flora and fauna; and its inhabitants – the birds and the animals, and the people – who lived in the lush Kumaon hills. It is this side of Corbett that comes to the fore in Jungle Lore. Almost autobiographical in nature, Jungle Lore sees Corbett talk of his boyhood, the people he met, lessons he learnt in absorbing the jungle, his concern for the jungles and environment, and of course, there are doses of hunting expeditions too. There is even the odd story of detection and of supernatural sightings. Jungle Lore is the first book anyone should read on Jim Corbett. Simply because it is about Jim Corbett the man who went on to become a famous hunter.

Animals in Peril

Richard Leakey said in May 1990 that elephants were being killed in Tsavo National Park , and that twelve tons of illegal tusks , some from newly killed elephants , had been confiscated in Kenya and Tanzania .

Author: John Arthur Hoyt

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 0895296489

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 276

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Argues that the theory that endangered species must pay their own way to survive is a political expediency used to justify legalized killing in the name of conservation

The Last Ivory Hunter

And for this I gave up one of the best elephants of my life?” Obviously the guy had come across the elephant and it had scared him to death. ... I had been following the spoor of a big bull and I knew I wasn't fifty yards behind.

Author: Peter Hathaway Capstick

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

ISBN: 9781466803961

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 240

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A chance meeting around a safari campfire on the banks of the Mupamadazi River leads to The Last Ivory Hunter: The Saga of Wally Johnson, a grand tale of African adventure by renowned hunting author Peter Hathaway Capstick. Wally Johnson spent half a century in Mozambique hunting white gold—ivory. Most men died at this hazardous trade. He’s the last one able to tell his story. In hours of conversations by mopane fired in the African bush, Wally described his career—how he survived the massive bite of a Gaboon viper, buffalo gorings, floods, disease, and most dangerous of all, gold fever. He bluffed down 200 armed poachers almost single-handedly, and survived rocket attacks from communist revolutionaries during Mozambique’s plunge into chaos in 1975. In Botswana, at age 63, Wally continued his career. Though the great tuskers have largely gone and most of Wally’s colleagues are dead, Wally has survived. His words are rugged testimony to an Africa that is now a distant dream.

Brain Death

More so it is easy to assess, because after washing clothes, including the one they were wearing, ... Elephant has a huge body and especially in summer, they cannot withstand the heat and prefer to be under shade or have a bath as ...

Author: SR

Publisher: Partridge Publishing

ISBN: 9781482889147

Category: Fiction

Page: 774

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The story has been sculptured at the backdrop of scenic beauty in a typical Indian village with overwhelming farming community. It develops current reluctance of people to transform into the nuances of the modern world naturally embedded in the story. A twist to highlight the impoverished views of the society on casteism and agony faced by a girl and her parents during the marriage had been picturized. This then graduates to the evils of female feticide and unethical medical practices. Further, it develops into the male chauvinism in administration of religious places. The misinformation about Down syndrome is brought out and that of lack of attention given by parents and father on a challenged female child is painted. Illegal methods to terminate pregnancy have also been injected without confusion. Thereafter, lack of attention given to school buses and poor state of affairs in that sector is brought out and simulated into an accident. This is then graduated to give an insight in emergency evacuation and treatment. Finally, the subject of brain death and organ transplantation has been brought in.

Social Change and Conservation

Elephant meat is good meat. It is a mixture of all game and has big chunks of every type. Everyone was invited to come and take out the meat he wanted to carry home. When an elephant had been killed the word went round.

Author: Krishna B. Ghimire

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781134177820

Category: Nature

Page: 352

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Protected areas and conservation policies ore usually established with only local nature and wildlife in mind. Yet they con have far reaching consequences for local populations, often undermining their access to resources and their livelihoods. This book is the first comprehensive discussion of the social consequences of protected area schemes and conservation policies. Drawing on case studies from North America, Europe, Asia, Central America and Africa, it critically reviews current trends in protected area management, and shows how local people have been affected in terms of their customary rights, livelihoods, wellbeing and social cohesion. The loss of secure livelihoods ultimately threatens conservation, as poverty and environmental degradation intensify in and around protected areas. The leading authorities who have contributed to this ground breaking volume argue for a thorough overhaul of conservation thinking and practice.