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Respectful Hunter
(permanent link) added: 2011-05-23 05:04:07 sponsor: Glucharina (last reply: 2011-12-18 11:56:11)

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The hunter who respects his prey. May even consider his prey sacred, but hunt it anyway, not forgetting to give eulogy or some other tribute to creature that will feed his family. Related to Apologetic Attacker.

Common trait for Noble Savage and savage in general.


  • Avatar: Na'vi speaks to animals before finishing them.
  • The Gods Must Be Crazy: The Kalahari Bushmen are shown to use tranquilizers which put their prey to sleep instead of killing them, and like the Na'vi, apologize too and thank the prey before slaying.

Live-Action TV
  • Monty Python's Mosquito Hunters.
    Hank: Well, I've been a hunter all my life. I love animals. That's why I like to kill 'em. I wouldn't kill an animal I didn't like.
    Roy: The mosquito's a clever little bastard. You can track him for days and days until you really get to know him like a friend. He knows you're there, and you know he's there. It's a game of wits. You hate him, then you respect him, then you kill him.

Real Life
  • The Aztec culture were beyond repectful hunters, they were also respectul harvesters
  • Same as Native Americans. Their view of world is that everything has a spirit. They must thank everything they kill for sustenance.
  • Japanese Shinto followers feel similarly, they believe there is a spirit in everything and you have to give offerings to the spirit of whatever you kill or use, plants and natural landmarks in particular but also animals.
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