Leviathan

Creatures - Mythology

 

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Leviathan

Creatures - Mythology 

 

Leviathan (in Hebrew: לִוְיָתָן; transl .: Livyatan, Liwyāṯān) It is a ferocious fish quoted in the Tanakh, or in the Old Testament. It is a creature that, in some cases, can have mythological, or symbolic, interpretation depending on the context in which the word is used. It is generally described as having large proportions. It is quite common in the imaginary of European navigators of the Middle Ages and biblical times.

 

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In the Old Testament, the image of Leviathan is portrayed for the first time in the Book of Job, chapter 41. Its description in that passage is brief. It was considered by the Catholic Church during the Middle Ages, as the demon representative of the fifth sin, Envy, also being treated with one of the seven infernal princes. An explanatory note reveals a first definition: "monster that is represented in the form of a crocodile, according to Phoenician mythology" (Old Testament, 1957: 614). One should not lose sight of the fact that, in the various descriptions in the Old Testament, it is characterized in different ways, once it merges with other animals. Forms like the sea dragon, snake and octopus (similar to the Kraken) are also quite common.

The Book of Job (chapters 40 and 41) points to the most striking image of Leviathan, describing it as the largest (or most powerful) of aquatic monsters. In the dialogue between God and Job, the first proceeds to a series of inquiries that reveal the characteristics of the monster, such as "No one is bold enough to provoke him, who could resist him face to face? Who could confront him and leave with life under the whole expanse of the sky Who has opened the two halves of the gullet in which his teeth make terror reign When he rises the waves of the sea tremble, the waves of the sea turn away If a sword touches him, it does not stand, neither the spear, nor the spear, nor the javelin: the iron for it is straw, the brass is rotten "(Holy Bible, 1957: 656). Beside the Leviathan, in the 40th chapter of the book of Job, the Behemoth appears (Job 40: 15-16, "Behold now the Behemoth, which I have made with thee, that eateth grass as the ox: behold, his strength is in his. and her power, in the muscles of her womb. "Raises her tail as (a branch) of cedar, the nerves of her thighs are intertwined; their bones are brass tubes, their structure is made of iron bars. "(Holy Bible, 1957: 654) There is a Jewish legend that says that God had sent Behemoth to kill Leviathan and they would have a great battle where the two would die, but Behemoth would be victorious for fulfilling his mission.

The historical-mythological origin of such animals described in the Bible is a somewhat obscure question. Both animals have been associated with some sagas, and Leviathan may be associated with Mesopotamian "Tiamat." Historians and Bible theologians do not relate these animals to what might be a political myth, to which Hobbes refers (Schmitt, 1938: 6). But some religious, such as Jehovah's Witnesses, claim that the Leviathan also could be a symbol of political power and give different interpretations . The Leviathan also appears in the Bible in the form of the largest of the aquatic animals, like a crocodile or else in the form of a huge fish, a whale. The behemoth, as terrestrial animal represented in the form of a hippo.

 

 

 

 


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