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One of the less significant animals to symbologists, although humans have always been familiar with bears, as is demonstrated by Neanderthal sacrifices of the skulls of cave bears. In cave art of the lee Age, the bear appears far less frequently than wild cattle (see BULL) and HORSES. In the myths of northern Asia and northern North America, bears playa major role as creatures who resemble humans physically and who can also mate with women and beget human offspring (many legends about SAVAGES may have their origin in these bear myths), but in more advanced civilizations they are less important they are also no longer to be found in the vicinity of urban centers. Still, Athena, the Greek goddess of the hunt, is occasionally shown with bears, and the priestesses of Artemis Brauroneia were called she-bears. Greek astral legend (see STARS) tells of the Arcadian princess Callisto (the most beautiful, originally probably a local wood-nymph), who while a servant of Artemis (Latin DIANA) was made pregnant by Zeus, whereupon Artemis turned her into a bear. She gave birth to a perfectly formed human son, Arcas, who later felt threatened by his ursine mother. Lest one should kill the other, Zeus transported mother and son into the heavens: Zeus' jealous wife Hera, determined to prevent Callisto from ever being able to refresh herself by bathing in the sea, placed her (as Ursa Major) among the circumpolar stars, which never set Arcas lives on in the constellation Bootes. In Norse myth Odin appears at times as a bear (Bjorn). The word berserk comes from berserkers, warriors who wore bearskins and fought (presumably under the influence of drugs) with frenzied violence they were sometimes thought to be only part human, like werewolves (see WOLF). Among the Celts, the Helvetii referred to a divinity named Artio as goddess of wild game her attribute was the bear. In Christian symbology we frequently encounter the fable of the she-bear who gives birth to shapeless offspring she must lick them to give them form. Similarly, we are ignorant creatures who find our way only through spiritual knowledge. The bear's hibernation is seen as symbolizing the old age of humans, which will be followed by their resurrection. Otherwise bears appear anecdotally, as in the legend of St. Gall, at whose side a bear stood ready to aid him, ever since the saint removed a thorn from his paw. A bear is also the attribute of saints like Columban, Ursinus and Sergi us a bear with pack-saddle, of Corbinian, Hubertus, and Maximin of Trier. In heraldry the bear is of greatest importance in Switzerland (Bern) and southern Germany. As a dangerous animal, the bear is at times the embodiment of the devil's power. The young David's fight with a bear, mentioned in the Bible, is taken by Christain exegesis to be a prototype of the triumph of Christ over the forces of darkness. Bears also appear as the avengers of the bald prophet Elisha: they maul boys who have mocked him (II Kings 2:23-24). In psychology, for example in dream symbolism, the bear is interpreted as an embodiment of the dangerous aspects of the unconscious for Jung, the bear often represents the negative aspect of the superposed persona. Aeppli adds that the bear, although dangerous, contains a greater, positive potential: although the word for bear is masculine in gender in most languages, the bear can also stand for feminine, EARTH-like qualities (warm fur, BROWN like the earth itself, stockiness, care in rearing offspring). (See also TOTEM.) In ancient China, however, the bear (hsiung) is a masculine symbol embodying strength, whose feminine antitype is the SNAKE. Dreaming of a bear foretold the birth of a son. In Chinese fairy tales the bear plays the role of the Occidental big bad wolf. The bear symbolizing Russia is in modem China a polar bear.

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