Bear Back


Joined February 2008

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When my husband, Lynn, and I first stumbled upon the Olympic Game Farm, this is what I saw from the road and took the shot, hours before we would venture into the preserve.

This is the back of a Kodiak Brown Bear.

In symbology, Bear represents Brutal primitive force – an emblem of warriors in northern regions of Europe and Asia. The bear was an incarnation of the god Odin in Scandanavia, where the firece warrior Berserkers wore bearskins; and also of the huntress Artemis in Greece, where her cultic maidens dressed as bears. It is linked with many other warlike divinities including the Germanic Thor and the Celtic Artio of Berne (the Swiss city of “the bear”).
A Native American symbol of strength, the bear is an emblem of masculine courage in China where dreams of a bear presaged the birth of sons. The bear, particularly the she-bear, also appears as a symbol of maternal strength, care and warmth (Kipling’s Baloo, in the Jungle Book, 1894, is a male example). To the Ainu of northern Japan, and to the Algonquin Indians, the bear is an ancestral figure. It is also linked with lonar and resurrection symbolism, perhaps from its hibernation. Shamans used Bear masks to communicate with forest spirits. To Jung the bear symbolized dangerous aspects of the unconscious, and it is viewed as a dark power in Christian and Islamic traditions; cruel, lustful, vengeful, greedy – a representation of the deadly sin of gluttony in Western Art. The biblical David did battle with a bear, and the formless bear cub, “licked into shape” by its mother, became an image of the heathen needing the spiritual ministrations of the Church. Similarly, the bear is the alchemical symbol for the primary state of matter.

Teddy Bear

Deep in slumber, dreams unending,
Wise old bear, patient, strong,
Send me dreams of transformation
Grant me intuition along
with introspection of my life,
inner listening, no more strife.
DJ Conway

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