The Instincts of Wilderness


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The idea of socializing animal instincts, or of making animal actions appear through human understanding, provides the standard moral basis upon which common attachments, identifications and affects with the animal other occur.
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The usual practice of portraying the dead before cremation at Manikarnika Ghat becomes an indicator of the unusual and exotic Indian culture, and although taking posthumous portraits has a long and continuous tradition in the Western world, we seemed to have forgotten about this art form.
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Grimace culture finally reached its peak with the development of self-portraiture, proving a certain madness, which had previously only existed in asylums, was now everywhere around us, in various amounts.

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