Pliny writes that mice should not be despised because they can be useful,
since they have the power to presage the future.
In the Bible they are seen in a negative light as spreaders of plague, and
in the popular imagination they are also hated for their ability to infest and
devour food supplies.Quite likely this is the source of their image as demonic
creatures hostile to man.
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Sunday, November 25, 2007
mice get bum symbolic rap
From Lucia Impelluso's Nature and Its Symbols (Los Angeles: The J Paul Getty Museum, 2004; Stephen Impelluso, translator):