Why is that throughout history, Lions, Tigers, Wolves, Bulls, etc., are used as emblems, insignia, symbols, and for characterization or anthropomorphi...

Why is that throughout history, Lions, Tigers, Wolves, Bulls, etc., are used as emblems, insignia, symbols, and for characterization or anthropomorphization. Even though Bears are the true kings and btfo all of the above? How come Bears are rarely used?

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  1. 11 months ago
    Anonymous

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  2. 11 months ago
    Anonymous

    This is really more of a Wauf question than an Wauf question, but: cultural anthropomorphization of animals has only partly to do with their physicality, and partly to do with myths, legends and folklore. So to take something random, like a fox for example, its essence as a cultural symbol in medieval Western Europe was a sneaky, clever little bastard, informed by earlier fables and informing later depictions in turn. Lions became associated with nobility in Europe and got used on heraldry all the damn time for that exact reason. Tigers held a similar role in East Asia. Wolves are a bit more mixed: they were seen as ravenous and cruel in Europe, but as emblems of untamed, wild nature in the Americas (the latter depiction seems to be the one that's "won out" in contemporary western culture, interestingly).

    Bears didn't really take off - at least not among big western cultures like that of the English or French. They show up in fables and folklore as big, mean dumbasses, so there was no perceived nobility to capitalize on and associate yourself with. The biggest instance of bears showing up in western thought that I can think of is the Norse berserkers (literally bear-shirts), which kind of sums up the dumb-angry-violent connotation.

  3. 11 months ago
    Anonymous

    Tigers literally eat bears in the wild

    • 11 months ago
      Anonymous

      Even brown bears?

  4. 11 months ago
    Anonymous

    Tigers can frick up bears

    • 11 months ago
      Anonymous

      Even Grizzlys?

    • 11 months ago
      Anonymous

      Tigers literally eat bears in the wild

      And a bear can frick up a tiger. This is about symbols and emblems

      Even brown bears?

      Brown bears are more commonly eaten than black bears in Russia

  5. 11 months ago
    Anonymous

    Because they are just fat dogs

  6. 12 months ago
    Anonymous

    Bears are used as a symbol in the gay community for bigger stocky men

    • 11 months ago
      Anonymous

      That is only recently. Why weren't they used throughout history even though they are really strong, even contemporary fantasy literature/games don't use them that much as symbols.

  7. 12 months ago
    Anonymous

    >tfw da burrs win da superb owl

  8. 12 months ago
    Anonymous

    Forget about bears; monkeys are able to burn down entire cities

  9. 12 months ago
    Anonymous

    Because the puns would be unbearable.

  10. 12 months ago
    Anonymous

    the bears at my zoo are big babies

  11. 12 months ago
    Anonymous

    Can we domesticate the bears?

  12. 12 months ago
    Anonymous

    At least for (proto-)Germanic cultures, bears had a taboo avoidance associated with them--saying the name would cause a chance for it to appear. That's why they dropped the PIE root "*rktos". It's pretty likely that this idea extended to visual representations as well.

    Idk for other cultures. I'm sure there's a reason.

  13. 12 months ago
    Anonymous

    Um the stormcloaks used bears as their logo??? Learn your history

  14. 12 months ago
    Anonymous

    Bears were respected and feared in pre Christian cultures. They were removed from their range near more developed areas. Hunted for sport by the rich/royalty. Atlas bears, lions, and elephants were driven extinct by Mediterranean cultures.

  15. 12 months ago
    Anonymous

    Bears aren't sexy.

    • 11 months ago
      Anonymous

      take that back

  16. 12 months ago
    Anonymous

    They did get used, though. Finland and Russia come to mind.

    • 12 months ago
      Anonymous

      That is just 2 countries eben though bears are found in almost all continents.

    • 12 months ago
      Anonymous

      pandas are a well known symbol

      That is just 2 countries eben though bears are found in almost all continents.

      not really. bears do not exist in desert/ tropical areas.

      • 12 months ago
        Anonymous

        the sun and sloth bears are right there

        • 12 months ago
          Anonymous

          >sun and sloth bears
          thats a very small area tho. and i guess in the tropics there is more intimidating beasts than sloth/sun bear?

      • 12 months ago
        Anonymous

        Why no bears in Africa (continent with the most large mammals)?

        • 12 months ago
          Anonymous

          The Atlas bear was in Africa.

      • 11 months ago
        Anonymous

        >not really. bears do not exist in desert/ tropical areas.
        Several bears exist in both those areas

      • 11 months ago
        Anonymous

        https://wikipedia.org/wiki/Subspecies_of_brown_bear

        Bears do exist there, brown bears even.

  17. 12 months ago
    Anonymous

    Because bears are nice and people who come up with emblems want mean animals like lions and eagles

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