Tigers have long held a sense of mysticism and intrigue for their power, solitary lives and courage. They have played integral roles in ancient and modern cultures and folklore; being used to represent various characteristics and symbolisms through the centuries. The age-old cultures that exist in places like India, China and Japan have used tigers excessively in their various folklores, tales and myths. Thus, these animals have become important parts of a number of different cultures identities.
Here are just some of the different ways in which tigers are included in the cultures and folklore of different countries:
.The tiger is one of the 12 Chinese Zodiac animals.
.Tigers represent royalty in eastern Asia. In fact, the marking on the tigers forehead looks very similar to the Chinese character that is translates to the English word “King”; that is, . Therefore, the tiger has been dubbed the King of the Animals.
.The White Tiger represents the west of China as well as the season of autumn. It is one of the Four Symbols of the Chinese Constellation.
.They are the national animals of Malaysia, South Korea, Bangladesh and India.