Tigers have always been fascinating to people, often embodied in culture and religion. The earliest evidence comes from 5,000 years ago, sculpted on seals of the Indus Valley civilization of Harappa and Mohenjo-Daro, now in Pakistan. Frequent references to tigers appear in the Mahabharata and the Ramayana.

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The epic poems of the Aryan peoples who entered India from the northwest 4,000 years ago also mention the tiger. The tiger appears as a symbol of beauty, power, and ferocity. Hinduismís female deity, Durga, is depicted riding on a tiger..


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