fish

General - Fish are sacred in some cultures, in others they play an active. Role in myths. (1) Some African tribes regard fish as the embodiment of departed souls. (2) In China the fish is regarded as a symbol of regeneration. (3) In the East Indies, the fish Maivia Kiviva grew tired of swimming and came ashore, became a two-legged being and produced two sons who became the ancestors of the tribes of New Guinea. (4) In Egypt, where several types of fish are sacred, a talisman in the shape of a fish was said to bring good fortune. As an emblem of Osiris, it signifed rebirth; as an emblem of Set it signified evil. (5) Hindu mythology tells of ten avatars of Vishnu, the first of which was in the form of a fish known as Matsya, in which form he towed the boat of Manu to safety when the flood came. (6) In parts of India, as in China, the fish is regarded as a symbol of regeneration. In the far north, some tribes throw fish-bones back into the sea in the belief that they will become fish for the next season. (7) In Persian lore, the fish Mah supports the universe. Also known as fish, ichthys or ichthys.

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