For thousands of years, bears and people lived in the same areas and their mutual relations changed mainly depending on the culture, lifestyle and religion. The Bears and the cult of the bear have an important place in the human imagination and mythology, religion and folk tales. Throughout history, the bear was being who is revered and respected. In some cultures it is considered a man's ancestor. He was a symbol of strength. He considered himself the royal animal because it is symbolically long been the king of beasts in Europe.
Evidence about the interrelation between bears and humans date back to prehistoric times. According to some scientists, the bear was considered divine by the time evolution of the human species.
It has always been considered the most powerful animal of forests, fascinating and indomitable. For this reason the many warriors wanted to emulate and take his power by performing various rituals. These rituals are most often associated with hunting or war and were often very violent. Sometimes warriors wore a bear skin or drank bear blood before going into battle and during it. Kill the bear was a sign of exceptional courage and strength, and was often part of the initiation of young men who by this act became a grown man.
A display of bears, as the most powerful beasts, is often a symbol of the leaders and kings, and appeared on their weapons and coats of arms.
Moreover, the bear is often regarded as linking the world of people with the world of animals. He was respected only because of his physical and mental strength, but also because of their secret powers. It was thought that understands human language and provides spiritual protection, and also believed that he could have children with the human species and to attract young girls. For this belief grew many legends that put the bear ancestor as a hero or king.
Despite the long period of contempt, at the early 20th century bear came back in the life of a man to a very unexpected way, in the form of a teddy bear (aka. Teddy bear). He became the most popular toy with the image of animals and it has entered into children's rooms all over the world. A favorite character of children's books and animated films, and many bears fantasy occupied a very important place in people's hearts.
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