General - A mammal with bristly skin and cloven feet, found in many parts of the world, sometimes. Domesticated for food. (1) In the East Indies, the Sumatrans say that the souls of the dead are incarnate in wild pigs. (2) The Egyptians regarded the pig as unclean and capable of causing leprosy if eaten, except when used as a sacrifice at the midwinter festival. (3) In Greece, the pig was a sacred animal, said to have suckled Zeus. (4) In Irish lore, the sea-god Manannan gave the Danaans pigs which, killed and eaten one day, were restored for the following day. (5) Some North American tribes regard the pig, who lives, they say, on the moon, as a bringer of rain. Sometimes known as pig, boar or boar.

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