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definitions - Zoomorphism

zoomorphism (n.)

1.the attribution of animal forms or qualities to a god

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ZoömorphismZo`ö*mor"phism (?), n.
1. The transformation of men into beasts. [R.] Smart.

2. The quality of representing or using animal forms; as, zoömorphism in ornament.

3. The representation of God, or of gods, in the form, or with the attributes, of the lower animals.

To avoid the error of anthropomorphism, we fall into the vastly greater, and more absurd, error of zoömorphism. Mivart.

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Zoomorphism

                   
  Zoomorphic decoration from the Book of Kells

Zoomorphism is the shaping of something in animal form or terms. Examples include:

The word derives from the Greek ζωον (zōon), meaning animal, and μορφη (morphē), meaning shape or form.

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  Examples

  Zoomorphic representation in religion

  Zoomorphism in literature

  • In 'Of Mice and Men' by John Steinbeck, Lennie is described as a bear, "...and he walked heavily, dragging his feet a little, the way a bear drags his paws."

  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.[5]

  Other

  • Fenrisulfr, a wolf in Norse
  • 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.[6]

  References

  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, p279. ISBN 0-87586-201-2
  3. ^ http://www.kartozoologi.no/Downloads/Improbable_cartozoology.pdf?option=com_content&view=article&id=131&Itemid=127
  4. ^ Gerina Dunwich, Wicca A to Z: A Modern Witch's Encyclopedia, Kensington Pub Corp, 1998, p155. ISBN 0-8065-1930-4
  5. ^ 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 "
  6. ^ Turn left at the horn: 'Rhino City' revealed - Daniel Howden, 9 August 2010. The Independent
   
               

 

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