Bane or Blessing? Reviewing Cultural Values of Bats across the Asia-Pacific Region - Mary-Ruth Low, Wong Zhi Hoong, Zhiyuan Shen, Baheerathan Murugavel, Nikki Mariner, Lisa Marie Paguntalan, Krizler Tanalgo, Moe Moe Aung, . Sheherazade, Lawrence Alan Bansa, Tuanjit Sritongchuay, Jason Hideki Preble, Sheema Abdul Aziz, 2021 thumbnail
Bane or Blessing? Reviewing Cultural Values of Bats across the Asia-Pacific Region - Mary-Ruth Low, Wong Zhi Hoong, Zhiyuan Shen, Baheerathan Murugavel, Nikki Mariner, Lisa Marie Paguntalan, Krizler Tanalgo, Moe Moe Aung, . Sheherazade, Lawrence Alan Bansa, Tuanjit Sritongchuay, Jason Hideki Preble, Sheema Abdul Aziz, 2021
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which encompasses negative perceptions of bats as disease vectors, pests, or harmful creatures associated with evil spirits We found that 62% of the cultures had only positive values, 8% had only neutral values, while 10% had only negative values. This suggests that the Asia-Pacific region and its c
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  • which encompasses negative perceptions of bats as disease vectors, pests, or harmful creatures associated with evil spirits
  • We found that 62% of the cultures had only positive values, 8% had only neutral values, while 10% had only negative values.
  • This suggests that the Asia-Pacific region and its cultures contain far more positive associations with bats than most Western societies
  • bats are associated with vampires in Western culture (e.g., Prokop et al. 2009; Rydell et al. 2018)—folklore with roots in a Russian myth of a reanimated corpse that feeds on human blood, dating back to the eleventh century
  • In contrast, since the fourteenth century, Chinese culture has associated bats with good luck and blessings

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