General - Many animals (and birds) appear in mythologies worldwide, often as supports for the world. (1) The Chinese say that the world is supported on the back of a tortoise. Animals ruling the months and double-hours are the rat, ox, tiger, hare, dragon, serpent, horse, goat, monkey, cock, dog and boar. (2) The European version of the animals that support the sun gives ram, bull, (twins), crab, lion, (virgin), (scales), scorpion, centaur, (waterman), fish (or ship). In Greece the list was cat, dog, snake, crab, ass, lion, goat, ox, hawk, monkey, ibis and crocodile. (3) In Hindu lore Vishnu appears as the turtle Kurma in his second incarnation, while the turtle Chukwa supports on its back the elephant Mahapudula, which in turn supports the earth. (4) The Japanese say that a tortoise supports the Cosmic Mountain on its back. (5) The supporters of the sun in Mongol lore are given as mouse, cow, tiger, hare, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, cock, dog and sow. (6) In North America many tribes say that the world is supported on a tortoise or on four such animals. (7) In Persian lore the three animals corresponding to those of the Old Testament are given respectively as Hadhayosh, Khara and Chena-maergha. Also commonly referred to as animals, birds, birds, phoenix, sacred birds, simurgh, sacred animals, sacred animals, Set India Dionysus, Set Australian Aborigines Thor Egypt Egypt Hera, Syria Dionysus, Egypt, Helius, Neptune, Shiva, Zeus Japan Egypt, Pasht Wadjet Hera, Hindu Egypt, Sebek, Set Heracles Huitlantecuhtli Dionysus Buddhism Atargatis Astarte Aphrodite, Dionysus, Venus Apollo, Athena Kaltesh Hestia, Isis Set Ares, Helius Wadjet Anubis, Set Dionysus Helius, Juno Dahomey, Osiris Dionysus, Sandan, Vulcan Dionysus India Dinka tribe, Jupiter Hathor Dionysus, Dusara, Polynesia Angus Og, Greece Dionysus, Zeus Nyx Wadjet Asclepius, Dayaks, Dionysius, Minerva, Sumeria Diana, Jurojin Dionysus Aphrodite, Heracles, Hermes Egypt Apollo, Ares, Wepwawet Asia or Hindu.

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