Final: Common Animals in Cultures Picture

For my Electronic Imaging final ii had to make a series. At first ii wasn't sure what ii wanted to do, but then ii came up with this:

I thought about the animals that we think are just common, that we don’t appreciate, but other cultures do.
To start we have the coyote. They are commonly hunted here, but in Native American culture the coyote is considered to be a trickster god. There are a few different myths about the coyote in the Native American culture, but one that stuck out to me was that coyotes were the bringer of fire. Coyote has been compared to both the Scandinavian Loki, and also Prometheus, who shared with Coyote the trick of having stolen fire from the gods as a gift for mankind, and Anansi, a mythological culture hero from Western African mythology. Claude Levi-Strauss, a French anthropologist, proposed a structuralist theory that suggests that Coyote and Crow obtained mythic status because they are mediator animals between life and death.
Next we have the cat. While they are considered just a common house pet to us, in Egypt cats are sacred. Cats are associated with Bast, or Bastet, who is the goddess of protection against contagious diseases and evil spirits. Cats in ancient Egypt were revered highly, partly due to their ability to combat vermin such as mice, rats - which threatened key food supplies - and snakes, especially cobras. Cats of royalty were, in some instances, known to be dressed in golden jewelry and were allowed to eat from their owners' plates.
Finally we have the cow. While the cow is disposable to us, in India cows are sacred. When researching, I read a passage from Wikipedia about cows: The Harivamsha depicts Krishna as a cowherd. He is often described as Bala Gopala, "the child who protects the cows." Another of Krishna's names, Govinda, means "one who brings satisfaction to the cows." Other scriptures identify the cow as the "mother" of all civilization, its milk nurturing the population. The gift of a cow is applauded as the highest kind of gift. The milk of a cow is believed to promote Sattvic (purifying) qualities. The ghee (clarified butter) from the milk of a cow is used in ceremonies and in preparing religious food. Cow dung is used as fertilizer, as a fuel and as a disinfectant in homes. Its urine is also used for religious rituals as well as medicinal purposes. The supreme purificatory material, panchagavya, was a mixture of five products of the cow, namely milk, curds, ghee, urine and dung. The interdiction of the meat of the bounteous cow as food was regarded as the first step to total vegetarianism. I grew up on a dairy farm, so am quite use to cows and both the meat and milk, so this was interesting to me.

some of the images are found online (sorry that ii don't know who took them) but ii painted the images in photoshop to make them have that appearance. there are textures on the coyote and cow, but once again, ii forgot who made here's a general thank you for the images....

*EDIT* ii just realized that there is so much space between the 3 images...if you think ii should, ii can post the individual images also....
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