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Old 18th August 2021, 07:06 AM   #14
A. G. Maisey
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I think I might have this paper in one of my hard drives, its Jiri Jakl's work and I have a lot of his papers that I've downloaded.

Just did a quick skim of this and it echos what we can find in other places.

He mentions that representations of the pangolin are rare in Old Javanese literature and art, and they may be, but despite rarity of mention the pangolin was still one of the more powerful warrior and protective symbols, warrior because he shows the way in which to fight:- protect yourself when under attack --- he does this by curling into a ball -- and wait until the time is right to launch your own attack.

We've just seen this strategy used in Afghanistan.
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