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Prudence in all things: Hippos are very cautious creatures. They give ample attention to details so they can avoid danger. They have a keen sense of danger and will react immediately by jumping into water or going ashore whenever they sense something is amiss. In human life, people who possess an instinct for prudence know how to assess risk before taking any action, even if it might appear like a minor move or decision at first. The hippo will have a positive influence on people who ask this animal guide to encouraging them to learn from their experience and be more prudent about things.
Courage: The hippopotamus has a powerful body that makes it one of the strongest animals in the animal kingdom. It also has keen senses that help it make quick decisions when confronting danger. This kind of courage can help people who ask for its totem get through tough circumstances with confidence and bravery, achieving great feats when faced with challenges.
Calmness in crisis: Hippos are very wary creatures, much like human beings can be. Their intelligence and adaptability enables them to come up with a solution to any problem they might encounter. This is why they rarely show signs of panic or anxiety even if they find themselves in a dangerous situation. People who have the hippo as a spirit animal will find that this creature can help them be calm and collected when confronting difficulty.
A protector during difficult times: A hippo totem can actually serve as a source of protection for a person who asks for it. With its great strength, the hippopotamus is not someone to be trifled with, so most predators will shy away from approaching one. The same thing can happen to a person who can draw on the hippo’s protective and vast energy.
Ease during difficult times: Although they may appear to be intimidating creatures because of their size and strength, hippos are very friendly. They live in pods that are composed of around 15 members that are led by an alpha female or male. If you are connected to the hippo, you will find that it can help people develop friendships quickly. They have strong bonds of friendship with their fellow hippo mates and are not afraid to share the love they have for one another.
Honesty and sincerity: The hippopotamus is a very honest creature that does not back down from confrontation. If it encounters something that it does not agree with, it will hold its ground and fight back unless there is obvious danger involved. As such, people who have this spirit animal will find that they can be true to themselves without being embarrassed about what they do or say even if they appear to be facing difficulties or adversity. They will also find that honesty is valued by others and appreciated by them.
Creativity: Hippos are very creative animals that can take on different tasks with ease. They are comfortable in water as well as on land, and so they have adapted to their environment by developing ways to survive. This ability has given them the opportunity to grow and also thrive in their surroundings. You can ask this creature to help you do the same.
The Hippopotamus In Myths And Folk Tales
In Ancient Egypt, the hippopotamus was seen as a bringer of divine protection and as a symbol of rebirth. The animal was also associated with the Nile, which Egyptians believed to be their lifeblood.
The goddess Taweret (or Taurt) is often depicted as having the head and body of a woman and the tail of a crocodile or hippo. Her name means “she who gives birth to and protects children” because she assisted women during childbirth. She also protected the pharaohs in their tombs, acting as a protector.
A myth about Isis and the Jackal depicts Isis as a great mother figure, who mourns her lost children and therefore protects them when they pass into the Underworld. In this story, she is able to follow her son Horus to find his body after he is killed by Set. She brings his body back to her temple where she spends nine days and nights with him before he is resurrected (rebirth). When she brings him back from being dead, he has the flesh of a fully-grown hippopotamus over his body. In this way, hippos were associated with resurrection in Egypt.
Hippos and their aggressive behavior were thought to be related to the god Set, who was a god of chaos. Set’s son Anubis was a god of mummification, which could be linked to the hippo’s tendency towards water.
The hippopotamus is also very influential in ancient and modern African mythology and tradition can symbolize many different things. It could represent the earth, and its aggressive nature could symbolize how our impact on it is sometimes to the detriment of others. It can also represent fertility and growth or even a warning about greed. The hippo may also be seen as a symbol of new beginnings, especially in northern Africa where they are a common animal. For some tribes, carrying a hippo tooth or skin was thought to bring good luck when hunting game or going on journeys.
In Africa, there are many stories about the hippo and its symbolic meaning. The hippopotamus is a common symbol in African culture – it can be found on music, textiles, and buildings. For example in West Africa the animal is associated with fertility and abundance and it’s said that the sound of their breathing brings life to crops. In Southern Africa the animals are seen as a symbol of virility and strength. If you’re curious about reading a folk tale involving the hippo, read “The hippopotamus and the Tortoise”, a tale from Nigeria.