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fer·al

(fer'ăl),
1. Denoting an animal that is wild and untamed.
2. An animal that was domesticated or tamed and returned to the wild.
3. Pertaining to wild beasts.
[L. fera, wild beast]

feral

(fîr′əl, fĕr′-)
adj.
a. Having returned to an untamed state from domestication: a pack of feral dogs.
b. Existing in a wild or untamed state.

feral

(of plants and animals) existing in a wild state, outside human cultivation or habitation.
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Vease: Federacion Estatal de Asociaciones de Inmigrantes y Refugiados en Espana FERINE; Boletin CEAR.
Holderlin wrote, "where danger lies, / Grows that which saves." It is our own needful contact with the vital wild that speaks most powerfully in Long's work, in which stone and wood function much as "power objects" do in shamanism: as totems of a universal consciousness, of the munificence of the natural, austere, and ferine, soliciting our devotion with terror and infinite beauty.
The analogy between extreme forms of domestic violence and torture reveals that the literal removal of the abused from her community and her isolating imprisonment are disquietingly synonymous with the structure of official torture, which uses isolation both to mask the ferine effects of its execution and as a psychological weapon against the tortured.