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Dharma Dogs: A Narrative Approach to Understanding the Connection of Sentience Between Humans and Canines

By Anna Caldwell

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Abstract

India has the highest population of stray dogs in the world1. Dharamsala, a cross-cultural community in the north Indian Himalayan foothills, is home to a number of particularly overweight and happy canines. However, the street dogs of Dharamsala are not an accurate representation of the state of stay dogs across India. This paper explores why this may be through narrative stories about the day-to-day interactions between humans and dogs. The following research addresses religious motives as well as the lack thereof.

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Marcy Wilhelm-South

Purdue University

Pages 62
Department Anthropology
URL https://digitalcollections.sit.edu/isp_collection/2500/
University Franklin & Marshall College
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  • Anna Caldwell (2018), "Dharma Dogs: A Narrative Approach to Understanding the Connection of Sentience Between Humans and Canines," http://habricentral.org/resources/63918.

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Tags
  1. Animals in culture
  2. Dogs
  3. Human-animal interactions
  4. India
  5. Mammals
  6. open access
  7. stray animals
  8. Tibet
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