Panther Tattoos Alamogordo NM
Las Cruces, NM
Panther Tattoos - Leopard, jaguar, puma - they're all names for the graceful and ferocious panther. In Asia and Africa it's the leopard, in North America it's puma, and in South America it's known as the jaguar. Wherever this feline is found, it's revered for its strength, valour and power. Also for its maternal gentleness. As a tattoo motif, the panther makes a powerful statement about the person who chooses it, for it is a symbol of courage, strength and personal leadership.
The Panther figures prominently in the mythology of most cultures in South and Central America. It occurs in the art and religion of all pre-Colombian American civilizations and was considered a familiar and a companion of Shamans among the Olmecs, Mayans and Aztecs . It is an extraordinarily ancient and powerful totem animal and was a symbol of the nobility and the authority of royal families. The fur, claws and teeth of the jaguar were often used to adorn and decorate the costumes and finery of the highest ranking individuals.
This is the largest and most ferocious cat of the Americas, pound for pound more fierce and dangerous than: the tiger, the lion or the leopard. The panther is at the pinnacle of the food chain in the Americas. The panther / jaguar is fiercely independent and cunning. It is the only large cat that routinely hunts in the water.
These cultures found it very significant that panthers came in two colour phases, yellow and black and believed that the yellow phase of the panther pulled the sun across the day sky and that the black phase of the panther pulled the moon across the night sky. The panther / jaguar was often the symbol of shamans, individuals who could bridge the conscious and unconscious worlds, who had a special access to the afterlife and to the spirit world. Many thought the panther was shape-shifter, able to transform itself at will.
A powerful totem, the panther possesses an impressive range and scope of powers and abilities. Consider that its anatomy is said to consist of over 500 voluntary muscles. Be it physical, mental, or spiritual, that's a lot of 'muscle', and a lot of potential for action. For those who take the animal as their spirit guide, it's also a lot of responsibility. For those of a solitary leaning, the panther is a symbol of one who acts alone, particularly when taking the lead.
Wherever it has crossed paths with human civilization, the panther has been considered a highly intelligent and aggressive animal. The Greek god, Dionysus, chose the panther as his favoured mount, and his priests wore panther skins. The Egyptian Book of the Dead says that 'heaven opens itself' for the deceased king clad in the panther skin. The wearing of a panther skin signified one who had transcended their most base desires and was ready to enter the higher realms.
Mystery, mysticism and magic have been especially attributed to the black panther. Its sheer blackness suggests the night, the moon, primal ...