episode #131 meaning of creatures

October mushroom in sunshine growing on Hoylake Golf Course

Animals. Whether imaginary or real, animals have always been an integral ingredient of human storytelling. Their personification in fables and morality tales is so common that we still accept them as symbols of human behaviour. Animals in our lives are often there for a reason. They serve many purposes, from being our companions to teaching us life lessons. Animals have served as harbingers of personality traits we, as humans, all aspire to achieve. We frequently find their depictions in paintings, sculptures, prints, and decorative arts because many cultures through the ages have regarded specific animals as emblems of power and the supernatural.

In art, an animal’s presence shouldn’t go unnoticed. Artists have assigned meaning to real and imaginary animals since classical antiquity. Further, there are many poets and authors that have used traditional affiliations and associations in entire literary works.

The symbology associated with different animals play a huge part in our lives. There is always a certain association with personality traits and animals. In many cultures like the Native American culture, the Japanese, and the Chinese, there is a strong belief in the rebirth and resurrection of life and the association with animals in previous life.

Spoken word

Allen Ginsberg: Elephant in Meditation Hall


Belleruche: Cat in a Dog Suit

Beck: Dimond Dogs

Thomas Newman: Jellyfish

Henry Mancini & His Orchestra: Baby Elephant Walk

Friends From Rio 1 feat. Celia Vaz: Francisco Cat

Bonobo: Animals

Jazztronik: Zoology

Yat-KHA: Hunter’s Breakfast

Hot Chip: Alley Cats

Agnes Obel: Grasshopper