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Zoomorphism is the shaping of something in animal form or terms. Examples include:
- Art that imagines humans as non-human animals
- Art that portrays one species of animal like another species of animal
- Art that creates patterns using animal imagery, or animal style
- Deities depicted in animal form, such as exist in ancient Egyptian religion
- Cartozoology: The science of discovering and studying animals in street layouts as they appear in maps.
- Therianthropy: the ability to shapeshift into animal form
- The tendency of viewing human behaviour in terms of the behaviour of animals, analogous to anthropomorphism, which views animal behaviour in human terms
Zoomorphic representation in religion
- The appearance of the Holy Spirit as a dove in the New Testament.
- Mark the Evangelist as a lion in later Christian iconography.
- The Egyptian gods were often depicted as zoomorphic or as hybrid
Zoomorphic language for things, ideas
- A literary phrase such as "The roar of the ocean".
- Sin lurking like a beast waiting to devour Cain in Genesis.
- Fenrisulfr, a wolf in Norse mythology
- Airavata, the king god of elephants in Indian mythology.
- Clawfoot bathtub, with feet in the shape of a lion's paws
- The sphinx from the "Oedipus the King" by Sophocles
- Elephantine Colossus, a hotel
- Equestropomorphism, animating objects that take the actions of a horse. For instance, in Bedknobs and Broomsticks, the army that fights the Nazis is composed of anthropomorphized knightly body armor and equestropomorphized horse armor.
- In The Flintstones and Night at the Museum, the dinosaurs Dino and "Rexy" behave and vocalize like dogs.
- Robotic pets, like AIBO, modeled on dogs or other animals
- In 2010 city planners from Southern Sudan, which would become independent a year later, unveiled plans for the city center of its capital, Juba, to be built in the shape of a rhinoceros. The city of Wau was to be transformed in the shape of a giraffe.
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- Simson R Najovits, Egypt, Trunk of the Tree: A Modern Survey of an Ancient Land, Algora Publishing, 2004, p279. ISBN 0-87586-201-2
- Gerina Dunwich, Wicca A to Z: A Modern Witch's Encyclopedia, Kensington Pub Corp, 1998, p155. ISBN 0-8065-1930-4
- Synthesis: bulletin du Comité national de littérature comparée / Comitetul Național pentru Literatură Comparată, Institutul de Istorie și Teorie Literară "G. Călinescu." - 2002 "Sin is personified as (an animal?) which "crouches" at the door of Cain (Gen 4:7 ). As Gerhard von Rad (Genesis, 105) remarks, 'The comparison of sin with a beast of prey lying before the door is strange, as is the purely decorative use "
- Turn left at the horn: 'Rhino City' revealed - Daniel Howden, 9 August 2010. The Independent