A lion of all the animals is the perfect metaphor for power and strength. It was used by tribes as their emblem, from times immemorial.
Generally, the lion represents potency, pride, and virility. Potency, for creating an impact or an impression on other tribes. Pride, as to show their pride for their own tribe and virility, for the manliness of the tribe.
The proofs of the lion being the symbol of many tribes have been found from the upper Paleolithic period in the carvings of Lascaux and Chauvet caves. They have been kept in menageries since the times of the Roman Empire and have been marked as an important species since 18th century.
Lion is called ‘Singh’ in India for more than 2000 years. It was originally used by Rajputs, the Indian warrior caste in the 7th century. After that, the Sikhs also adopted the name ‘Singh’. It was mainly associated with high castes and royalty. It was used by the kings of India to show their bravery.
A Lion-faced Dakini, a tantric deity described as a female embodiment of enlightened energy, appears in Tibetan Buddhism. The Tibetan flag also has a picture of a lion on it.
The Nemean lion was the symbol of Greece and Rome, presented in the form of Leo constellation.
Along with lion, even lioness was a symbol of war deity in early Egyptian times. An examination conducted on various ancient tribes gave the results that many of the icons of that time were lioness instead of lion.
In continents like Asia, Africa, and Europe, the lion has been an icon for thousands of years. The animal has always been portrayed as a strong and a noble beast. The animal has also been featured in fables of 6th century B.C. by a Greek writer, Aesop.
Thus, it has a special place for itself since ancient and medieval times. One can see that lion has a great iconic value, even though it eats man. Humans have respect for this noble beast. The strength of the lion can even be sensed by its icons and images. This noble animal is one of a kind.
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