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Frontiers of Fear: Tigers and People in the Malay World, 1600-1950

Peter Boomgaard


For centuries, reports of man-eating tigers in Indonesia, Malaysia, and Singapore have circulated, shrouded in myth and anecdote. This book documents the relationship between the “big cat” and humans in this area during the 350-year colonial period, recreating a world in which people feared tigers but often came into contact with them because these fierce predators prefer habitats created by human interference. It shows how people and tigers adapted to each other's behavior, each transmitting this learning from one generation to the next. The chapter discusses the origins of stories and ritual ... More

Keywords: big cat, man-eating tigers, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Malay kings, colonial rulers, tiger charmers, bounty hunters

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2001 Print ISBN-13: 9780300085396
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300085396.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Peter Boomgaard, author