Historically, humanity has had ambiguous feelings about the boar or pig. In some cultures, it is an honored symbol of courage and fearlessness, while in others, it is associated with death, demons that devour humans, and overall danger. Polynesian cultures make masks of a “devouring demon” that feature boar’s tusks, and the ancient Greek depiction of Medusa often shows her as having boar’s tusks along with her serpent hair.
The ancient devourer symbol represents he underworld. The sow, a very productive and omnivorous animal that is known to eat her own young, represents the cycle of birth and death; in other words, the Earth takes back what it produces. The boar or pig represents the Earth Goddess who is beyond good and evil. When masculine gods became dominant in history, these ancient goddess figures were given more sinister and demonic connotations.
The blood of a pig was considered to be an agent of purification, according to some ancient beliefs, suggesting that the boar was a sacred animal with links to demonic elements. In Christian tradition, when Jesus casts out demons, they are sent into a herd of pigs. This was done because pigs, as traditionally sacred animals, can take away evil and purify it. At the same time, they are creatures of the underworld themselves and are receptive to evil.
The dream of a wild boar represents courage, assertiveness, and confrontation. The appearance of a boar in a dream suggests that you are learning to face your fears. It is an ancient symbol of the hero and the warrior. Boars were sacrificed to the fertility gods Frey and Freya in honor of victory and courage.
The dream of a wild boar indicates success and protection in troubled times. It is also a symbol of personal honor. Some ancient cultures associated the boar with healing as well. This association arises from the boar’s ability to fearlessly face unknown dangers.
If you see a boar in a dream, it means that you must fearlessly search within to discover new things about yourself and how you view the people in your life.
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