- Author:Eugene N Marais
- Publisher:A Distant Mirror (June 21, 2009)
- Pages:168 pages
- Subcategory:Biological Sciences
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Eugene Marais was born in a farming community near Pretoria in 1872.
Eugene Marais was born in a farming community near Pretoria in 1872 . Plagued for many years by ill health and an addiction to morphine, he took his own life in March 1936.
Eugène N. Marais – writer, lawyer and naturalist
Eugène N. Marais – writer, lawyer and naturalist. 1871-01-09)9 January 1871 Pretoria. His book Die Siel van die Mier (The Soul of the Ant, but usually given in English as the Soul of the White Ant) was plagiarised by Nobel laureate Maurice Maeterlinck, who published La Vie des Termites (translated into English as The Life of Termites or The Life of White Ants), an entomological book, in what has been called "a.
It is as though Eugene Marais breathes life into the words, animating the lives and struggles of the white ants in such a way that they almost seem human. Whilst the science may not be exact, or even factual, the beauty of this book lies in its authenticity, its beautiful and innocent charm. The sad story of the author is reflected deep within.
Eugene Marais was himself an extraordinary man who spent many years in the early 1900s combining professional .
Eugene Marais was himself an extraordinary man who spent many years in the early 1900s combining professional work as a advocate with painstaking observation of animal behaviour including termites, baboons and snakes. He was also addicted to morphine for most of his life. His book "Die Siel van die Mier" (the "Soul of the White Ant") was plagiarized by Nobel laureate Maurice Maeterlinck, who published "The Life of the White Ant" in 1926, falsely claiming many of Marais' revolutionary ideas as his own. Marais contemplated legal action against Maeterlinck but gave up the idea in the face of the costs and logistics involved.
The Soul of the White Ant is part science, part mysticism, a sort of manual of pantheism, and a very personal and careful observation of termites as a life form. One fee. Stacks of books.
Eugène Marais received his first definite schooling in English from an Archdeacon Roberts in Pretoria in which school he won a prize for divinity because he could recite the whole of the Catechism of the Church of England
Eugène Marais received his first definite schooling in English from an Archdeacon Roberts in Pretoria in which school he won a prize for divinity because he could recite the whole of the Catechism of the Church of England. After a journey by ox-wagon through the bushveld he was taken to Boshof in the Orange Free State, where he again went to an English school and later to the Paarl.
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In his fascinating investigations into the psyche of the ants, their strangely rich inherited memory of instinct, Marais makes challenging assertions about the group soul of the termite colony – the cause and result of the termites’ ceaseless, automatic activity for their community. His extraordinary theory is that the termite colony is, in fact, a separate composite animal at a certain stage of its development. Books related to The Soul of the White Ant.
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This book by Eugène Marais is a passionate, insightful account into the world of termites. It is a meticulously researched expose of their complex, highly structured community life.
Originally translated into English in 1937, the quality of research remains as relevant today as it was when it was first published. This illuminating account will not only appeal to those with a scientific interest in termites, but will similarly enthrall readers who are new to their captivating world. An exceptional feature of his detailed research is the extraordinary psychological life of the termite.
While the studies are based in South Africa, the extensive research also includes the termites of Magnetic Island, Australia. You will be taken on an exciting journey into the amazing life of termites, as their astonishing world of hierarchy and roles within their community is revealed in captivating detail.
His years of unceasing work on the veld led Eugène Marais to formulate his theory that the termite nest is similar in every respect to the organism of an animal. He observed that the workers and soldiers resemble red and white blood cells, while the fungus gardens are the digestive organ. The queen functions as the brain, controlling the collective mind, and the sexual flight of the kings and queens is similar in every aspect to the escape of spermatozoa and ova.
"I have never read a book written in such a unique style. It is as though Eugene Marais breathes life into the words, animating the lives and struggles of the white ants in such a way that they almost seem human."
"As a safari Guide in the Okavango Botswana for many years, I used this book as a basis for presenting a fascination for the smaller creatures of the African bush, my home for my entire life and which I was privileged to share with many clients from different countries. Termite mounds are really interesting and Eugene Marais compared the infrastructure of a termitary to that of the human body. Writing from the heart, this scientific author instills a wonder in the reader, of the incredible intracacies of nature, in a light-hearted, easily readable manner."
"This book doesn't quit when it comes to fascinating insights about termites. I read it with almost no knowledge of what these tiny creatures are capable of, and I was transfixed by these rich and complex insect societies. For the layman, this is an entertaining and informative introduction to a very amazing creature."
"Brilliant and thought provoking material."
1) The Beginning of a Termitary 2) Unsolved Secrets 3) Language in the Insect World 4) What is the Psyche? 5) Luminosity in the Animal Kingdom 6) The Composite Animal 7) Somatic Death 8) The Development of the Composite Animal 9) The Birth of the Termite Community 10) Pain and Travail in Nature 11) Uninherited Instincts 12) The Mysterious Power which Governs 13) The Water Supply 14) The First Architects 15) The Queen in her Cell