Issue #15 – Animals Are More Than Just Pets

Animals have always had an impact in civilizations. The diverse beliefs and representations of animals vary widely between cultures.Backround

I Thought I Saw A Kitty Cat!

 

In Egypt, cats were sacred and would help farmers ward off rodents that damaged crops. To date, archeologists have discovered more than 80,000 mummified cats. In China, cats were believed to be the original rulers of the earth.The Gods found that the cats were interested in lying around and sleeping and not in bettering the world. At the cats’ request, the Gods relieved them of their power. In Japan, the Beckoning Cat is widely popular. Legend has it that a cat waved as a kind gesture at an approaching emperor who then walked out of his way to pet the cat. As he was petting the cat lightning struck where he would have been. To this day, the Beckoning Cat is considered to be good luck.Backround-2

 

A Horse is a Horse of Course!

Romans were very fond of horses. Their economy, troops and postal service

were dependent on horses. A shrine to the horse goddess Epson, was

erected in every roman stable.

In Chinese Zodiac, 2014 is the year of the horse. It is believed that people

born under this sign were active, self-confident, ambitious, multi-taskers.

Snakes Are Old!

Snakes have been associated with some of the oldest rituals known to humankind and represent good and evil.American Indians dance to the snake. It represented the rebirth of spring. They would dance to join the Snake Youth (Sky Spirit) and Snake Girl (Underworld Spirit) to renew the birth of nature.

Goats Are Evil?!

Goats were among the first animals to be domesticated and were used for meat, milk, and clothing. In some cultures goats represented evil. In Tarot cards, a half man and half goat would appear to those who were going to have bad things happen to them.

 

 

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