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Volume XXVIII, 2013: Język łowiecki ? The Language of Hunters
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Kolekcje trofe├│w ┼éowieckich elementem kultury i┬átradycji my┼Ťliwskiej
Hunting Trophy Collections as an Element of Hunting Culture and Tradition
Tomasz Sobalak (Uniwersytet Przyrodniczy w Poznaniu)

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Source: Investigationes Linguisticae, Volume XXVIII, 2013, pp. 85-92
Category: Full Papers

Language: Polish

English Abstract:

Trophies have always been an important part of hunting culture and ceremonial. As a physical proof of the hunter's victory they prove one's hunting prowess. They leave the hunt experiences imprinted into memory. They may be a centrepiece of pride and glory, especially if they are properly prepared and displayed. The desire to posses rare items and the fascination with them were human nature since millennia ago. This makes the history of treating and presenting trophies extraordinarily interesting. The methods of preparing, displaying and preservation are what makes the hunter's ethical profile. Who does not respect the trophies does not respect the game and simply shouldn't hunt. If trophy was to be treated as a symbol of life torn from within the forest then such a ÔÇťtriumphÔÇŁ requires appropriate tribute. There no laws telling how to make it so. There is no formal order nor a an official scale of their worth exists. There is, however, there is a deeply-ingrained tradition of gathering and displaying trophies. Trophy rooms are places of special nature, shrines watching after their holder's passion. In the present-day times displaying of the trophies might depend on the financial situation of the hunter, but the, often forced, crowding of the wall, in the midst of Ejsmondian ÔÇťjewels of memoriesÔÇŁ, created a specific climate, which cannot be found anywhere else.History of hunting as one of many forms and disciplines of man's activity and interest goes as far back as man himself. Hunting has always been considerably influencing the style and forming of customs. It is a characteristic aspect of social life and undoubtedly an important part of the history of mankind. You could even risk a theory saying that hunting was at the sources of human culture . That is one of the reasons why in the hunting community functions the idea of ÔÇťhunting cultureÔÇŁ. Hunting culture understood as entirety of spiritual and material heritage of many generations is a very important element of modern hunting communities' life. On one hand it is our pride and on the other it requires taking care of, guided by the sense of responsibility, passing these values down to the next generations.

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 author="Tomasz Sobalak",
 title= "Kolekcje trofe├│w ┼éowieckich elementem kultury i┬átradycji my┼Ťliwskiej",
 journal="Investigationes Linguisticae",
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