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Symbolic Meaning: Various in Time and Place

Although many symbols share similar meanings across cultures, there are also those that carry culturally specific meaning. Societies have evolved over millennia from the primal state where separation between the individual and the whole is lacking, to the totemic period when animals were considered to be ancestors of humans, to the beginning of agriculture, large communities and societies requiring hierarchical organization, and now, to the modern era where the ego consciousness gives rise to the hero myth and the process of individuation. Through the periods of societal and cultural evolution, and in different geographical locations, some symbols have taken on various meanings so that in these days, a particular symbol can be interpreted according to cultural, national, historical period or local tradition. Many meanings are present to us today that come from distant countries or distance in time.