Animal Worship

“The number of animals which have been worshipped as divinities, or as soul-animals, is formidable”. “The alligator, ant-eater, ape, armadillo, ass, baboon, bat, bear, beaver, bison, boar, buffalo, bull, came], cat, catfish, cheetah, cow, coyote, crab, crocodile, cuttlefish, deer, dog, dogfish, dolphin, eel, elephant, elk, ewe, fish, flying-fox, fowl, fox, frog, gazelle, giraffe, goat, gorilla, guanaco, halibut, hare, hedgehog, hippopotamus, horse, hyaena, ichneumon, jackal, jaguar, kangaroo, leopard, lion, lioness, lizard, llama, lobster, lynx, marten, mongoose, monkey, mouse, octopus, opossum, otter, peccary, pig, porcupine, prawn, puma, python, rabbit, ram, reindeer, rhinoceros, various rodents, salmon, sardine, seal, sea-lion, sea-otter, sea-tortoise, serval, shark, shrew-mouse, skate, sloth, snake, squirrel, sword-fish, tapir, tiger, toad, tortoise, trout, turtle, wallaby, weasel, whale, wild-cat, wolf. The principal insects are: the ant, bee, beetle, butterfly, caterpillar, centipede, cicada, cricket, dragon-fly, earth-worm, firefly, fly, grasshopper, locust, mantis, moth, scorpion, spider, wasp, weevil, wood-worm.”

From: Florance Waterbury, Bird-Deities in China, Artibus Asiae. Supplementum, Vol. 10, Bird-Deities in China (1952), pp. 1-191. The Image is by the later Italian Artist, Emilio Scanavino. [See Wikipedia entry]


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Researcher of Liminal Culture

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