Empath Designs creates mindfulness experiences using visual arts and symbolism.
April 15, 2023
From ancient history until now, the tiger has been significant in Indian mythology, ecology, literature, and religion. As India's national animal, its presence is intertwined with its people, and this majestic animal is both admired and feared for its power, strength, and beauty.
Let’s dive in and explore the tiger’s symbolism and its many influences on Indian culture and other regions and religions worldwide.
One of the most prominent members of the cat family, you can find the tiger in a wide range of habitats, such as rainforests, savannas, swamps, and everything in between. Besides their diverse living conditions, here are some physical characteristics that all tigers share:
India is the country that has the highest population of tigers in the world. This apex predator plays a vital role in their ecosystem, providing balance through its hunting of herbivores. The tiger maintains a delicate balance in nature by keeping animal populations in check. This is important because, without it, animals would overgraze, and it would in inadvertently threaten other fauna that depends on the same vegetation for food and shelter.
In addition to this, tigers will hunt the weaker and slower prey, allowing for the strongest and healthiest animals to thrive in the lush Indian jungles and forests. The presence of tigers is a representation of a healthy and diverse natural habitat.
In Hinduism, the tiger symbolises strength, royalty, fearlessness, and regal power. The tiger was closely associated with a few gods and goddesses, and you can find its imagery in Hindu art and iconography.
If you have been lying down at night and this majestic, large cat has appeared during your REM time, the Universe may be trying to communicate something with you. Dreaming about a tiger can be interpreted in a few different ways depending on the context:
Not just prevalent in India for its courage and power, the tiger represents similar ideas in other areas of the world as well:
If the tiger and its symbolism call to you, a visual representation may help you connect to your personal passion and strength on a deeper level. Empath Designs creates art that allows you to connect to your animal spirit and encourages growth and reflection.
Both the Ignite giclée print on bamboo and the Bengal Tiger on recycled paper were lovingly made to help you dig into your primal energy, overcome challenges, and move through life with energy and courage.
What do the different types of tigers symbolise?
Tigers come in different classifications, and these subspecies can have different meanings:
In what countries can tigers be found?
Tigers live in Bangladesh, Vietnam, Cambodia, India, Bhutan, Thailand, Indonesia, Lao, China, Malaysia, Russia, Nepal, and Myanmar.
Are tigers sacred animals?
Many cultures and religions honour the tiger and see it as a living representation of gods, goddesses, good fortune, and protection. Unfortunately, some believe the tiger is dangerous and a threat to humans. This misconception and deforestation have contributed significantly to the tiger’s rapidly declining numbers in the wild.
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