#Omens&Symbols . . . Bears

To the ancients, bears symbolized resurrection. They watched it roaming the forests during spring and summer and then seemingly lifeless during winter hibernation. The following spring she-bears would emerge with new offspring. A miracle! No wonder this beautiful animal plays such a strong role in folk and fairy tales.

Illustration by Stephen T. Johnson for the tale “East of the Sun, West of the Moon.”

Text and image source: Edmund Dulac https://www.facebook.com/189134157844043/posts/3733829903374433/

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