Myths and Legends
- Some Australian Aborigines and Native American groups believed that
frogs are the bringers of rain.
- In India, frogs were believed to personify thunder in the sky. Even
the word for "frog" also meant "cloud" in Sanskrit.
- In China, they see the "toad", not the "man" in the moon. The toad is
also considered 'one one of the five poisons of yin.' They say that
eclipses happen when the "toad in the moon" tries to swallow the moon
- In Japan, frogs are symbols of Good Luck. One myth deals with the
idea that bullfrogs are descended from a great ancestor who could
suck all the mosquitoes out of a whole room in a single breath.
- Some have said that "If the first frog that you see in the spring is
sitting on dry ground, it signifies that during the same year you will
shed as many tears as it would require for the frog to swim away." If
on the other hand, the first frog of spring jumps into water, you'll
experience misfortune all year! However, if the springs first 'hoptoad'
came jumping in your direction, you will have many friends; if it jumps
away, you will lose some.
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