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octopus

Keyword: octopus

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Definition: Octopuses are cephalopods of different sizes with a short, sack-shaped body and very mobile, mostly arms of equal length with suction cups. The common octopus (Octopus vulgaris) of the coasts of warm seas can adapt to its surroundings through a rich change of color and can reach a length of 3 m. Giant squids (squids) are popularly referred to as octopuses. With a total length of over 20m (including tentacles) and a weight of 1 ton, they are the largest invertebrates.

Information: The octopus is a formidable animal of the Mediterranean, especially in its large species, and was often depicted in ancient Cretan art. On seal pictures, the octopus appears with huge eyes and tectacles that are arranged in such a way that they are reminiscent of snake hairs. The fact that this was a symbol of the Cretan goddess is revealed by the name "Meduse" for the outwardly similar, albeit smaller, jellyfish.

Interpretation: The octopus embodies the ambivalent power of the sea as a creative elemental force and as a threatening, destructive power. The giant octopuses of our fantasy and horror films still give the destructive aspect again and again, cf. B. "20,000 Leagues Under the Seas" according to Jules Verne. In dreams, octopuses as well as spiders are sometimes an expression for the fear of being held and devoured, possibly also for the pull that can emanate from the unconscious or from a negative mother image (mother, great. The positive, life-renewing aspect goes from from the observation that octopuses lose a tectacle in danger and can let it grow back again.

Since the octopus emits a dark secretion, the sepia dye, when in danger and can also adapt very well to its subsurface, it can also be connected with the need to hide itself through great adaptation or not to show itself in its true shape bring.

On Roman mosaics, octopuses are often found in the vicinity of dolphins, which, as humane animals, represent the positive maternal aspect and are seen as rescuers from distress at sea or as guides of the dead to the islands of the blessed.

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Author: Meier-Seethaler, Carola