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What does a bear symbolize?

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The bear is generally feared and admired at the same time for its strength and power. In Native American culture, the bear symbolizes strength, confidence and courage.

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In myth and lore, different bears can symbolize different things. For instance, a black bear symbolizes being resourceful, a brown bear symbolizes standing up for one's beliefs, a grizzly symbolizes facing your deepest fears, a Kodiak bear is said to symbolize ferocity, a sun bear symbolizes caution, foresight and wisdom and a polar bear symbolizes ultimate survival. Sometimes, the bear is also looked upon as a protector or defender because of its power.

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