Zoomorphism

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The word zoomorphism derives from the Greek ζωον (zōon), meaning "animal", and μορφη (morphē), meaning "shape" or "form". It can mean:

Examples[edit]

Zoomorphic representation in religion[edit]

  • The appearance of the Holy Spirit like a dove in the New Testament (The Gospel According to Luke 3: 22), "and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form like a dove..."

But this does not portray anything exactly like zoomorphism. Holy Spirit is seen like a dove and He is not a dove. The Holy Spirit was seen (seemed to them) like a dove.

Bible does not teach zoomorphic appearance of God.

Zoomorphic language for things, ideas[edit]

  • A literary phrase such as "The roar of the ocean".
  • Sin lurking like a beast waiting to devour Cain in Genesis.[4]

Other[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hope B. Werness, The Continuum Encyclopedia of Animal Symbolism in Art, Continuum International Publishing Group, 2004, px. ISBN 0-8264-1525-3
  2. ^ Simson R Najovits, Egypt, Trunk of the Tree: A Modern Survey of an Ancient Land, Algora Publishing, 2004, p 279. ISBN 0-87586-201-2
  3. ^ Gerina Dunwich, Wicca A to Z: A Modern Witch's Encyclopedia, Kensington Pub Corp, 1998, p 155. ISBN 0-8065-1930-4
  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 "
  5. ^ Howden, Daniel (2010-08-19). "Turn left at the horn: 'Rhino City' revealed - Daniel Howden, ''9 August 2010''. The Independent". Independent.co.uk. Retrieved 2014-03-14.