Bat Tattoos Appleton WI
Bat Tattoo Designs - The only mammal that truly flies and not just glides, is the bat. By defying gravity and navigating with a heightened audio sensitivity, the bat has become a symbol of transformation, intuition, and clairaudient abilities. Because bats are highly social animals living together in colonies, they are also a symbol of adaptability and survival.
A bat tattoo is a potentially powerful symbol, appropriate for those whose intuition plays a major part in their lives. It encourages exploring that which is not easily seen, or which is hidden beneath the surface, or by the dark of night. All excellent qualities by the way, for a superhero like Batman. And with the advent of the Dark Knight, 'bat cave' has taken on a whole new meaning within popular culture. The batwing symbol of Batman, even more so.
In some parts of the world, the bat is a good luck emblem. In China, it signifies longevity and happiness. For many Native American people, the bat is a trickster spirit. For the people of Tonga of the South Pacific it is a sacred animal, and in West African legend the bat is a symbol of a soul in flight. In Mayan mythology, the bat is associated with death and the deities of the underworld. In heraldry, it is a victory symbol, as it is on the coat of arms for the Spanish city of Valencia, where, according to legend, the Spanish king was victorious in battle with the Saracens through the intervention of the bat.
The smallest bat weighs in at just two grams, and the largest get up to 1.5 kilograms. The big bats measure 28 cm long, with wing spans of two metres. The larger bats live on fruit, finding food by sight, whereas the small bats catch insects on the wing by a process known as echolocation. Through their sensitivity to vibrations, they are able to locate the tiniest objects in the vicinity. Of a thousand different bat species, only three feed on blood.
The blood-sucking vampire bat is a creature of stealth and agility. It approaches the sleeping animal without disturbing it, then inserts its canine teeth into the appropriate spot and licks up the spilled blood. As some bats are carriers of the deadly rabies, they have become synonymous with death and disease.
None of the blood-sucking bat species are native to Europe. Their association with myths and legends of the vampire arose only after the conquistadors returned to Spain from the Americas in the 16th century, recounting stories of bats that fed on blood. The name 'vampire' was subsequently attributed to those blood-sucking bats found in Mexico and South America.
When vampire stories became especially popular in Europe in the 19th century, characteristics of the vampire bat were incorporated into Dracula's own modus operandi. The batwing cloak, the silent approach, the licking and sucking, they were all reminiscent of the blood-sucking bats of the Americas. Eventually, many vampires in literature and cinema were able to literally tr...