The lion symbolizes different things in various cultures and religions. Christianity often represents Jesus' divine and human natures through the lion, whereas Hinduism considers the "pot-bellied lion" a symbol of blind greed. The lion has represented power and strength, but also cruelty and savagery.Know More
Many interpretations focus on the dual nature of the lion. In ancient Egypt, lions appeared back to back facing east and west to track the movement of the sun across the sky, simultaneously symbolizing yesterday and tomorrow, as well as death and rebirth. Christianity assigns the front half of the lion the majesty and divinity of Christ's holy nature, with the lion's comparatively weaker hindquarters representing Christ's humanity.
The lion is a common figure in heraldry, though it is often confused with the leopard. In heraldry, the lion represents strength and bravery, but only attacks when provoked or in need. Some iconography separates the lion into two types, one with a curly mane and one with a straight mane. The lion with a curly mane represents a more timid nature, whereas the lion with a straight mane is often depicted with a larger, longer body and symbolizes fierceness. In heraldry, the lion can appear either rampant, rearing on its hind legs, or puissant, curled up or standing.Learn More
Although symbols have a host of meanings and nuances in various cultures, blackbirds are historically associated with evil in Western culture due to their color. In Christian tradition, they were recorded in the 12th century bestiary to be symbols of being tempted with carnal desire.Full Answer >
The scarab beetle is commonly associated with Egyptian culture; however, this beetle appears in many cultures from South America to South East Asia and even Judeo-Christian cultures. In each culture the scarab has a slightly different significance.Full Answer >
Tulips are symbolic of perfect love and they are the flower for an 11th wedding anniversary, especially red tulips. There are different meanings for the different colors of tulips.Full Answer >
The elephant represents a number of characteristics, but knowledge and strength are the most common. These two characteristics are recognized by believers of Hinduism and Buddhism, in which the elephant is the incarnation of the god Ganesh.Full Answer >