The bat is a popular tattooed animal and can be associated with many different interpretations. While it represents darkness and death, it also symbolizes good luck and prosperity.
Meaning of Bat tattoos
Here are some of the most common meanings:
- Death and Darkness
- Black Magic and Witchcraft
- Good luck
In the Eastis a symbol of good luck, longevity, happiness and rebirth. In Mandarin, the words bat (Bi?nfú), blessing (zhùfú) and fortune (cáifù) have a similar sound, so the bat is one of the Chinese symbols of luck. When the image of two bats together is used, it means double fortune. An image with five bats represents long life, wealth, good luck, happiness, and prosperity.
In the Westis more associated with mystery and negativity. Being a cave animal, it represents the depths of the subconscious. Some cultures link the animal to the nocturnal period and dark periods. For this reason, and because some of its species are hematophagous (they feed on blood), it is also associated with vampires.
Among the Mayansthere was a winged bat-god of the night, called Camazotz, who descended from the heavens to devour light and life.
In the Middle Ageswas associated with demons, hell-dwellers and witchcraft.
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