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Religion and Animals: Asian Traditions

Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism

Where to Begin for Background Research


A Few Subject Terms to Search for Books

Animals -- Religious Aspects

Animals -- Religious Aspects -- Buddhism

Animals -- Religious Aspects -- Hinduism

Human Animal Relationships

Human Animal Relationships -- Japan




A Few Titles of Books

Animals and World Religions

A Communion of Subjects: Animals in Religion, Science, and Ethics

Beastly Natures: Animals, Humans, and the Study of History

Mythical Zoo: Animals in Myth, Legend, and Literature

On Hinduism

Animal Sacrifices: Religious Perspectives on the Use of Animals in Science (Hinduism)

Inner Peace, World Peace: Essays on Buddhism and Nonviolence

A History of the Animal World in the Ancient Near East

Animal Sacrifices: Religious Perspectives on the Use of Animals in Science (Hinduism)

Bones of Contention: Animals and Religion in Contemporary Japan

The Animal and the Daemon in Early China

Chinese Mythology


Scholarly/Academic Articles

Relevant Research Databases

  Academic Search Complete --- A multidisciplinary database of more than 8,500 fulltext periodicals with pdf content going back as far as 1887.

CREDO Reference --- Collection of fulltext online reference materials. Content includes dictionaries, encyclopedias, atlases, and subject-specific titles from art to accountancy, science to Shakespeare, and law to literature

 JSTOR --- JSTOR is a shared digital library that includes the fulltext of more than 2,000 academic journals, dating back to the first volume published. Coverage varies depending on the journal title.

 ATLA Religion --- Produced by  the American Theological Library Association, this database is the definitive index for religious and theological literature. It is an essential resource for researchers and students in theology as well as in social sciences, history, and humanities. Coverage 1949-present

If you are not finding what you need, you can also try one of other research databases by going to the  Complete List of Library Databases.