There are five major biomes in the world: habitats where animals live (aquatic, desert, forest, grassland, and tundra). The animals that live in these places offer their own wisdom about life’s lessons. Within these biomes are landscapes invested with their own particular meanings. As many writers know, landscapes are symbols for the human condition. For example, jungles represent darkness, and the more primitive impulses of humanity. Rivers act as a metaphor for life.
Many cultures have instilled meaning into particular places also. For example, mountains, steadfast and eternal, are conduits to the divine. People around the world have built their temples to resemble mountains. Meanwhile, various caves and springs are endowed with holiness. People receive visions in caves, and healing from springs. The earth is dotted with many sacred places.
Animals that live in these places are held to be sacred as well. Salmon reflect the ancient wisdom of the sea. Eagles soar in the skies, bringing messages of the divine. Because owls lived in the temples of the Greek God of Wisdom, Europeans considered them to be wise.
Animals are connected to the places they live. For example, animals living in cities convey their hard won knowledge to others. Explore the rich meaning of the landscape of animals.
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