“Manimal” is a reflection about the relationship between human being and animal. The word “animal” derives from Latin “animal-animalis” which alludes to the faculties of the animal to have a soul. The development of capitalism, based on the commodification of living beings, has contributed to the abandonment of any symbolic and spiritual approach to nature. Various ancient mythological beliefs conceived animal as deity, bearer of adversity or fortune. The cancellation of myths and traditions by the European bloody colonizers in Africa and South America, the advent of atheism, some distorted interpretations of religious texts to political and economic aims have supported the process of commodification according to which an animal is transformed into an object. Does this contemporary human behaviour depend on what is called cultural “evolution”? Do an innate tendency to love animal and a feeling of brotherhood towards animals still exist? This reportage tries to answer these questions by the narration of the experiences of a hawk trainer and cowboys in a southern- Italian rodeo.