Despite the stigma surrounding these amphibians today, frogs have been an important part of men's spirituality long before Jim Henson created his character Kermit the Frog. The Egyptian frog deity, Héqet, is the goddess of fertility that breathes life into newborns, allowing them to take their first breath. It is Héqet who gave life to the god Horus, one of the oldest gods of Egypt.
The native tribes of North America also held frogs in high esteemas a symbol of transformation and change. The Tsimshian people thought that frogs were a link between humans and Mother Nature, while several other tribes saw in frogs a sign announcing the end of winter. For this crop, when the last snowflakes fell, they turned into frogs and informed the tribe that spring would come a few weeks later.
In Asia, the frog symbolizes the luck and safe crossingssince the animal is closely related to the water element. It is also a link between what is alive and what is dead. Small figures of jade frogs are usually placed in the mouths of the dead to ensure a safe journey into the afterlife (a practice similar to that of the Romans, who placed coins on the eyes of the dead).
In medieval Europe, frogs were closely related to witchcraft and paganism. That's why these amphibians were considered a sign of the devil. Do you remember the famous phrase of Shakespeare's theatrical work, Mac Beth: "Double, double, work and trouble: Fire, burn, and cauldron, make bubbles." Witches made poison using frogs.
But in Celtic culture, the frog was seen as a healer. An old fairy tale tells of the efforts of a young princess trying to cure her sick mother and how she meets Losgann, the frog responsible for keeping a well with healing properties. Losgann gives her some magic water against the promise of marrying her. The princess, a little hesitant, finally accept. Losgann then asks his young wife to cut off his head and, once done, turns into a beautiful prince. It is thought that this is the original story on which the famous tale of the Frog Princess is based. Frogs also represent resurrection and rebirth.
Meaning of frog tattoo designs
Frogs have different meanings depending on the crop. Among these, we find:
- The purity
- The rebirth and the resurrection
- Transformation and change
- The opportunity
- Peace and tranquility
Variation of frog tattoos
Tribal tattoos of frogs
The drawings of tribal tattoos of frogs from different parts of the world have spiritual meanings in the region from which they come. The most common frog tattoo has distinctive elements of native North American peoples, common in tribes such as haida. These tattoos symbolize transformation, change and a deep spiritual connection with the elements of nature.
Tattoos of peace frogs
With angel wings and a flower reminiscent of flower power revolution from the 60s, the peace frog tattoos combine many elements easy to associate with tranquility. People wearing this design identify with a message of peace, love and tolerance.
Celtic tattoos of frogs
In Celtic tradition, frogs represent the cleansing and caring nature of water. Many experts believe that the tale of the "Frog Princess" comes from the oral tradition of this region. The tattoos of Celtic frogs symbolize restoration and healing.