The human psyche embodies animal spirits and these spirits guide the human spirit, said senior professors of English department in a literary symposium at University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh in Dhaka on Tuesday.
English and Humanities Department at ULAB organised the symposium on the significance of totem animals titled ‘What’s Your Spirit Animal?’ at the university’s Dhanmondi campus.
The professors presented their own interpretations and experiences on respective animals which included bat, snake, whale, cat, dog, trickster, bear and duck.
They drew inspiration from different literary texts and real life to present their arguments on the significance of totem animals.
Syed Manzoorul Islam took bat as his totem animal where Kaiser Haq took snake. He talked about the snake goddess Manasa and its mythical significances in literature.
Fakrul Alam found his totem animal in whale and Golam Sarwar Chowdhury got it in dog.
Golam Sarwar shared a story how a dog saved his family from Pakistani military in 1971 which was a fact for him to love dogs.
Azfar Hussain shed light on poetic, philosophical, political, historical and mythical significance of cat. He recited a poem titled ‘My version of meowism’ with the hope of love and liberation.
Shamsad Mortuza, Shaila Sultana and Sohana Manzoor respectively engaged in talks about trickster, bear and duck.
Former state minister for foreign affairs Abul Hasan Chowdhury was present as the chief guest at the event, while the university vice-chancellor HM Jahirul Haque was the guest of honour.
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