Tuesday, 6 January 2015

ABC Wednesday, Z for Zoomorphism


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"Zoomorph" redirects here. For the toy line, see Zoomorphs.

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.
 Long before the common era, people tried to communicate by means of drawing images of animals. First these paintings were important for hunters to know where animals were available. Lateron the paintings got a religious meaning. Cave paintings were found all over the world in mountainous regions with caves

Emoe, Australia

Dingo, Australia

Bats, Australia

Rock paintings by Aborigines in Australia

Egyptian Religion
Thot with the head of an ibis

Horus  Zoomorphic representation in religion in Egypt.


Zoomorphic representation in religion

Some tribes of Israel are

 represented by animal symbols.

Read Gen.49


The stained glass windows by Marc Chagall  Israel



The Milbi Wall in Cooktown Australia represents a wall of stories told by the Aborigenes .

Each story is represented by an animal.

  • Tribal animals depicted by the Indigenous people of Australia
  • Tribal animals depicted by the Indigenous people of Australia

  • We thank Denise Nesbitt, who created ABC, and we must thank Roger too for the weekly job to find  ten bloggers for each of the ABC Team members  to visit and to read their posts. For more interesting ABC posts click on the logo in the sidebar . This week we are looking for words   beginning with Z.


    The Vikings used a dragon as their symbol.

    Norwegian legends often used animals.

    The dog Garm guards the entrance of the other world

    Odin on his eight-footed horse Sleipnir


Cloudia said...

What a thorough and amazing exposition! I hope interested students will find this, Wil. Be sure labels and tags will help them.

As for me, I loved bathing my soul in the ancient potions that you provided today!

Thank you so much

Warm ALOHA from Honolulu

Roger Owen Green said...

This is really interesting stuff!


Melody Steenkamp said...

ik wist dus wel dat het bestond maar niet hoe het heet ;-)

Dank je wel voor weer iets nieuws geleerd te hebben.

ChrisJ said...

Wow! You really went over the top for Z!!! I didn't realize each tribe of Israel had its own animal symbol. I must go back and read that again Thanks for giving the reference.

Jane Hards Photography said...

Always an education stopping by. Anything Viking related catches my eye because of my island's Norse heritage.

Hildred said...

Whaat a very interesting post, Wil, - marvelous pictures and such interesting information and things to ponder.

Arnoldo L. Romero, MLA said...

Zoomorphism is truly a fascinating subject in the art world. Blessings!

Photo Cache said...

What a very educational post.


Vagabonde said...

Quel post intéressant et éducatif. J’ai appris beaucoup de choses. La photo en tête de l’art Australien me plait énormément – que de couleurs joyeuses !

Gattina said...

Very interesting ! I have to say that blogging enlarges general knowledge !
ABC Wednesday

Shady Gardener said...

Reader Wil, This was a wonderful post!! I cannot imagine the time you spent creating it, but it was well worth your effort! And yes, I need to re-read! :-) Your header photo is beautiful.

Those Australians seem to be known, in the "quilting world" as creators of beautiful, wild, colorful fabric! :-)

Have a great day1!

fredamans said...

Interesting word, which after learning its meaning, makes complete sense! Thanks for sharing and the lesson!

Indrani said...

This is so interesting and you have given us such wonderful pictures. Thoroughly enjoyed the post. In India too some such forms are available.
Happy ABCW!
Happy New Year to you!

Rajesh said...

Wonderful and very creative rock arts. Thanks for sharing this art and new world.

Su-sieee! Mac said...

Very interesting. You've got me thinking about why we use animals as symbols.

lotusleaf said...

Very interesting, as your articles always are! ain India, we have temples to the Monkey god Hanuman, which are very popular.

Anonymous said...

Wil! Thanks for commenting at my blog. Computer problems have plagued me this past two weeks, sorry. I love this post. your myriad images are all striking. I didn't know that animal cave paintings enabled hunters to know where "the wild things were"! My favorite were the three-dimensional Viking figures. Something about the sculpture of the images, striking. Thanks so much, Wil. Take care, Amy

Trubes said...

Such striking works, I liked the indigenous images from Australia, their works are always so colourful.
I also liked the three lady angel stretching their arms up,(to the almighty) I imagine, or are they dancing ?
Happy New Year,
Best Wishes,
ABCW team.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

I love learning brand-new words and this certainly is -- what a wonderful lesson beautifully illustrated. You are the greatest teacher.

Powell River Books said...

Thanks for the Norwegian information. I should learn more about the country my grandmother came from. - Margy

Kay said...

I really find the ancient paintings and sculptures so very fascinating. Thank you for sharing this, Wil.

Lmkazmierczak said...

wow...that was fascinating, thanks for the many examples of a new word♪ http://lauriekazmierczak.com/time-zoom/