The Concept of Pigs
In many cultures pigs are view differently all around the world. Whether it be it be in Germany were a pig is a symbol of good luck or in Muslim culture were a pig is considered unclean. Were as in China a pig is a symbol of fertility and abundance. There are a variety of ways to interpret the concept of pigs.
In early cultures as far back as the ancient Egyptian culture pigs were a sign of fertility. A pig is one of the many mammals who care for it’s offspring. It was viewed as a great mother. A pig was often used as a sacrifice to one of their many gods. This god was Isis, who embodied fertility. The black pig was thought to be associated with her brother and opponent, Seth. Who was thought to be responsible for the obstruction of the sun during an eclipse.
Pigs, who natured for their young, was a symbol of fertility and abundance in many other cultures such as the Celts and Hindu culture. A Celtic lore tells a story of a man named Manannan who owned a heard of pigs who’s numbers never dwindled and forever replenished. The Celtics also thought pig were associated with Ceridwin and Phaea the fertility moon goddesses. In Hindu culture pigs were thought to be a link to Vajravarahi, the female consort of Vishnu.
Pigs were also a symbol of agricultural luck. Greek culture would sacrifice to the agricultural goddess Demeter. In Chinese culture a pigs is considered a symbol of virility, strength, and fertility. In the Chinese zodiac the boar is considered a sign of sincerity, honesty, and determination. In Native American cultures, tribes symbolized pigs as a harbinger of rain which was linked to agriculture.
In Buddhism pigs are a symbol of ignorance. On the Buddhist...