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Wild Boar: Pagan Warrior Spirit

by Jill Stefko

To Celtic Pagans, Boar and Sow are sacred to the Goddess. Boar is courage and bravery; Sow, generosity and fertility. They are symbols of the male and female aspects.

Wild boars are a species in the fauna family, suidae, comprised of 16 classifications of pigs and hogs. Suids, native to Eurasia and Africa, were brought to America by Spanish explorers in the 1500s to be used for food. Later, huntsmen brought them to this continent as game for “sport.” Because Boar and Sow are ferocious fighters, they are challenging and dangerous quarries. The word “boar,” generically, is used to refer to male swine and cavies. Sow is the female of these species. Wild boars grow up to five feet long and weigh as much as 300 pounds. Their fur is stiff. Tails and ears are straight. Males have tusks ranging from 2 to 5 inches long that curl outside their mouths. Females’ tusks are shorter. Snouts are tough, helping them root for food. Eyesight is poor, but hearing and sense of smell are keen.

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