Legends of The Wolf in Many Cultures– Tmarc Tee

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December 22, 2020

The image of the wolf is a common motif in the mythology of peoples across Eurasia and North America corresponding to the historical distribution of wolves' habitats. The following stories will reveal you a lot of mysterious things about this legendary animal.

  1. The Wolf in Norse Mythology
  2. The Wolf in Greek Mythology
  3. Wolf in Native American Tribes

1. The Wolf in Norse Mythology

Fenrir ("swamp man" in ancient Nordic language) is the most famous giant wolf monster in Norse mythology. Fenrir was born from the bloodline of Loki and the giant female Angrboða, the brother of the hell goddess Hel and the snake Jörmungandr.

Born as a cruel strong evil, Fenrir has been bound with a magical chain from Six seemingly utopian ingredients: cat footsteps, women's whiskers, roots of mountains, tendons of bears, fish breath and bird drool. So even though it was as thin as silk, Gleipnir was as strong as an iron chain. When placing the chain on him the God Tyr has been bitten off his one hand. Gods gagged him with a sword, and his destiny is to lie bound on a rock until the Doomsday to break his bonds and attack the gods. It was told that Fenrir did swallow the sun and devour the chief of god Odin after defeating him. To avenge the father Vidar prickled Fenrir' heart, torn his jaws. Fenrir is also important in Norwegian and Icelandic in 10th and 11th centuries poetry, all of the poet’s understatement about his broken loose day.

2.The Wolf in Greek Mythology

In Greek mythology, Cerberus is Hades's three-headed hound,with a snake tail, a guard at the gate of hell. His three heads present for the past, present and the future. Its two-headed brother, Orthus kept gate for the hell.Cerberuskept the gate for Hades and made sure only dead souls could enter, and prevented anyone from leaving. He was the second son other than Chimera and Hydra. He was born of Echidna and Typhon. In hell, he still had a wish to have a human head, which proves that Cerberus has many humanity, not animals. Cerberus is said to appear quite a few times, often in godly rescue or superhero tales.

3. Wolf In Native American Tribes

In Native American tribes, mythology about wolves is very popular, which relates with strength, courage, loyalty and success at hunting. In most of the North American tribes, like bears, wolves are closely associated with humans, and in some Northwest Coast tribes, like Kwakiutl and Quileute stories, men were transformed from wolves.

Besides, wolves were also considered the noble Creator god in Shoshone mythology, and they featured as the brother and true best friend of the culture hero in Anishinabe mythology. They play an important role in Pueblo tribes as one of the six directional guardians, their images are carved on stone and grant these stones with healing and hunting powers.Thus, in Native American cultures wolves are one of the most common clan animals.

On the Northwest Coast, wolf was a vital clan crest and they were carved on totem poles and became special tribal symbols of some tribes and bands. It is interesting that Wolf Dance was created by some eastern tribes like Lenape and Shawnee.

Regardless of being the symbol of evil or goodness, it can be seen that the wolf plays an important part in spiritual life and belief of people in varieties of cultures. From the culture, it becomes a popular pattern in fashion, art, and decoration, and even becomes a trending wave. Of course, our store does not stand apart from this trend, we have plenty of amazing wolf- related 3D all over printed products. Please take a look at ourstore, we promise that you will be definitely satisfied with our products. And do not miss out on the discount code: HA10 for 10% off for our new customers. We wish you love it.