Why the Lion?

Photo: Close-up of an African lion

The lion is the second largest ‘big cat’ out of group of wild felines (after the Tiger). The “Highly distinctive male lion is easily recognised by its mane, and its face is one of the most widely recognised animal symbols in human culture.” (NatGeo)  Throughout the world the lion is recognized as the King of the Jungle, full of leadership, truth, nobility and power. Even back in the Roman times  the Lion has appeared in history. “The lion has speed, is alert and has power, this represents all that is majestic. Just like the eagle, Kings and emperors have long included it on their coat of arms to symbolize supreme strength. “(AnimalSymbols)

So why is the lion highly recognized for it’s power and courage? The answer to that is because the Lion is a nocturnal animal that has authority night and day. The lion is the top predator (other than humans) in it’s ecosystem and has nothing to fear. Lions are very strong creatures that fight for whatever reason. Lions do not have to hide or cower because they are 500 lbs of pure muscle. “The lion shares the world of both night and day, the lion bears a message of prudence to us”. (WYS)

Another way of looking at it, Lions are known to be ‘The King of the Jungle’. Kings are known for being as chivalrous, honorable and courageous and being the head of the social structure. The lion is the representative of a king and thus get the symbol of courage and strength.

Lions will forever be known as the most courageous and strongest creature to roam the Earth. Their beautiful power will hold them high up on the food chain for many years to come.

 

http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/mammals/african-lion/

http://www.animal-symbols.com/lion-symbol.html

http://www.whats-your-sign.com/symbolic-meaning-of-lions.html

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  1. Interesting that your research did not separate the lion from the lioness (considered to really be the more vicious of the two)
    Do not capitalize common nouns…lion is a common noun.
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