Freeadmin.eu

RSS
Dec
24

The Humble Frog

Introduction

The small quirky creature known as the frog has played a key role in the lives of human societies across the world. Many millions of years before man appeared on the geological timescale, frogs hopped the earth. They have existed through vast climate change and earth movements and have survived major earth catastrophes that wiped out entire animal groups. In the time that they have shared this planet with us, a relatively short period of time for them, they have taught us much. They have supplied us with medical breakthroughs, environmental knowledge and for many cultures, great wisdom. They are an icon for luck, prosperity, health and wellbeing. But to many they are far more than this – they are teachers of tolerance and humility, helping us to have sympathy for others while showing us the importance of generosity, personal sacrifice and opportunity. In respect for 2008, The Year of the Frog, this is my reflection on a little beast that has given us so much.

Assisting Human Needs

Eating a diet of insects and small invertebrates, frogs play a critical role in the control of agricultural pests and vectors of disease such as mosquitoes. They are also the food source for a range of reptiles, birds and mammals, including humans. Therefore frogs are a vital element of many ecosystems. As frogs take in water and air through their skin, they make good environmental indicators and so have served as an alert to changes in water quality and the environment. Unfortunately, this also makes them susceptible to pollution.

Frogs have provided us with great breakthroughs in modern medicine for diseases and conditions such as strokes, cancer, healing scars, HIV aids and Alzheimer’s. Special chemical compounds from frogs have long been known to, and exploited by, ancient and tribal cultures, who have used frog parts for many centuries in cures and as hallucinogens in religious ceremonies.

Bringer of Luck and Wealth

To the Chinese, the frog is a divine creature that protects against misfortune and brings wealth and good health to the family. The Money Frog, also called Chan Chu, was the pet of Liu Hai, the God of Wealth, and is the symbol of wealth and prosperity. In Feng Shui, it is beneficial to have a frog in your home and the Money Frog depicted with a coin in its mouth is a common Feng Shui statue. Having a family of frogs living in your garden is particularly lucky and is said to bring great wealth and longevity to the inhabitants of the home.

Helping us to Understand and Protect our Environment

The frog is a totem in Australian Aboriginal culture. It features in many dreamtime stories and songs and is a common animal in creation stories. The story of Gurukmun, tells of a huge frog that drank all the water on earth so that there was none left for the other animals. The frog, Gurukmun, was finally tricked into laughing by the other animals causing him to spill all the water out of his mouth which filled the oceans, rivers and lakes with water once more. For me, this story alludes to the connection that the Aboriginal people made between the frog and the seasons, droughts and life-giving rains.

Tribal African groups had specific uses for particular frogs. Some frogs were eaten and others were collected for use in traditional medicine. Frogs also played a role in determining what activities occurred where, thereby protecting some areas from human use. Some tribespeople from South Africa would not collect water from places where there were frogs, believing that where frogs lived the water was not sweet and that giant birds who ate the frogs posed a danger to people. Beliefs such as these controlled the spread of diseases like Bilhazia. Some American Indian tribes revered the frog as a sacred keeper of seasons. Many believed that frogs kept the water clean and fresh so that it was drinkable.

Wise Teacher

The Japanese believe that the frog or ‘kaeru’ is lucky to have around as the presence of a frog means that value will be returned to the person who gives something away. For instance, if a good friend is leaving, they will return or if you give money away, greater wealth will be returned to you. Frogs were also thought to hold the secret of immortality.

In American Indian culture, the medicine frog is a significant totem. It is said to teach insight and depth of perception and sympathy for others’ needs. The frog represents new life and spiritual cleansing, assisting people into the next stage of life and providing an opportunity for transformation. In some tribes, hallucinogenic compounds derived from frogs were used in rituals which involved self-transcendence and communication with the spirit world.

The frog was also a sacred creature in ancient Europe and was commonly used in cures and potions by Pagan healers. The Grim Brothers “Frog Prince” fairy tale was translated from older versions, the original thought to be an old Scottish fairy tale written in 1548 called “The Tale of the Queen who Sought a Drink from a Certain Well”. In each of the versions of the tale, the Queen or Princess meets a frog to whom she makes a promise out of desperation to fulfil her own immediate need. In each of the stories the leading lady is disgusted by the frog, who she sees as ugly. Once her own need has been satisfied she very begrudgingly fulfils her promise to the frog. In fact, she would not have fulfilled her promise if there wasn’t someone else in the story reminding her of what she must do. However, in fulfilling her promise to the frog, she is presented with a beautiful and charming prince who whisks her away to a life of love and security.

Although there have been many versions of the Frog Prince, the message remains the same in all of them – that often an opportunity presents itself in an unattractive form and the significance of that opportunity is initially not obvious. We may take the task on resentfully, feeling sorry for ourselves and task that we must bear, only to find that the opportunity presented to us was such a wonderful life changing event that any discomfort that we had to tolerate along the way was insignificant in the light of what resulted.

A Knowledgable Survivor (now under threat)

In the association between frog and man it seems to me that the frog has earned the reputation of a creator and source of great wisdom and knowledge, one who has much to teach us and one that we seek out for answers. It comes as no surprise that this quirky little animal has earned the respect of so many humans around the world. He is a great survivor, having lived upon the earth since the Jurassic, some 145 to 205 million years ago. His ancestral memory must be immense. In his time on earth, he has managed to exploit and adapt to just about every environment, from the warm and humid rainforests to the dry desert expanses, and then he has continued to adapt through many changes to those environments over millions of years. He has seen great tectonic shifts in the earth surface, held on through ice ages and the meteorite crash that killed the dinosaurs. He has seen species come and go.

Yet, after about 100 million years of existence our little friend is now disappearing at a rapid rate. Almost half of our frog species around the world are endangered. His ability to breathe through his skin, possibly an adaptation that has served him well in the past is now proving to be one of the great threats to his survival in this modern world. Agricultural and industrial pollutants and sewage entering waterways as well as land clearing and grazing of livestock near wetlands have been the greatest pollution threats to frogs. No animal, however, can survive loosing their habitat and many more frogs around the world have disappeared due to drying up, removal and destruction of their wetland, creek and river homes. To top it off, the Chytrid fungus has been spreading through frog communities at a fast pace, killing frogs in many areas, even in pristine environments far away from the affects of human development.

Conclusion

What affects our living environment affects us and the plight of this special little character is another wake up call for humans. Perhaps the frog has a message for us in the issues affecting his own future. As in the story of the Frog Prince, perhaps humanity is the ‘Queen’ that has been presented with an opportunity to help the frog. As the frogs’ need for fresh clean water parallels our own, we may find that in protecting and conserving our environment, we will halt the frog’s demise, while taking measures to slow our own. Perhaps our friend is presenting us with an opportunity to assess how the way we live and the values that we live by are affecting the very aspects of our world which our health, wealth, wellbeing and future rely upon.

It’s worth pondering over…..

Carolyn is an ecologist and supporter of earth based religions. Her web site Placid Moon is an online shop selling a range of new age and pagan products and gifts such as pendants, windchimes, essential oils, incense, books, scented candles and other beautiful items. Placid Moon New Age Products and Gifts.
 December 24th, 2016  
 admin  
 Life  
 ,   
 72 Comments

72 Responses to The Humble Frog

  1. I am extremely impressed with your writing skills and also with the layout on your weblog.
    Is this a paid theme or did you modify it yourself?

    Anyway keep up the nice quality writing, it is rare to
    see a great blog like this one today.

  2. This is a topic that’s near to my heart… Take care!
    Where are your contact details though?

  3. It’s a shame you don’t have a donate button! I’d definitely donate to this excellent blog!
    I guess for now i’ll settle for bookmarking and adding your
    RSS feed to my Google account. I look forward to fresh
    updates and will share this website with my Facebook
    group. Chat soon!

  4. I’m not that much of a online reader to be honest but your sites really nice, keep it up!
    I’ll go ahead and bookmark your website to come back in the
    future. All the best

  5. Hi just wanted to give you a brief heads up and let
    you know a few of the pictures aren’t loading properly.
    I’m not sure why but I think its a linking issue.

    I’ve tried it in two different browsers and both
    show the same results.

  6. I don’t even understand how I finished up right here, but I thought this put up was good.
    I don’t recognize who you’re but definitely you are going to a famous blogger in the event you aren’t already.
    Cheers!

  7. Thanks for the marvelous posting! I seriously enjoyed
    reading it, you’re a great author.I will remember to bookmark your blog and will
    come back in the future. I want to encourage you to ultimately continue your great work, have a nice
    holiday weekend!

  8. Appreciate this post. Let me try it out.

  9. I am regular visitor, how are you everybody? This paragraph posted at this web site is really good.

  10. This web site truly has all the information I wanted about this subject and didn’t know who to ask.

  11. It is appropriate time to make some plans for the future and it is time to be happy.
    I’ve read this post and if I could I desire to suggest you some
    interesting things or tips. Perhaps you can write next articles referring to this article.
    I desire to read even more things about it!

  12. If you desire to improve your knowledge simply keep visiting this web page and
    be updated with the newest news update posted here.

  13. I was wondering if you ever thought of changing the layout of your website?
    Its very well written; I love what youve got to say.

    But maybe you could a little more in the way of content so people
    could connect with it better. Youve got an awful lot of text for only having one or two
    images. Maybe you could space it out better?

  14. Hi there, every time i used to check webpage posts here in the early hours in the daylight,
    since i love to gain knowledge of more and more.

  15. I was curious if you ever thought of changing the layout of your
    blog? Its very well written; I love what youve got to say.
    But maybe you could a little more in the way of content
    so people could connect with it better. Youve got an awful lot of text for only having
    one or two pictures. Maybe you could space it out better?

  16. Hey there, You have done a great job. I’ll certainly digg it and personally suggest to my friends.
    I am sure they’ll be benefited from this site.

  17. This piece of writing offers clear idea for the new people of blogging, that in fact how to do blogging.

  18. I believe what you said made a great deal of sense.
    However, consider this, suppose you were to create a awesome headline?
    I ain’t saying your content isn’t good, however suppose you added
    something that makes people desire more? I mean The Humble Frog – Freeadmin.eu is a little vanilla.
    You could look at Yahoo’s front page and see how
    they write post titles to get people interested. You might add a video or a related picture or two
    to grab readers excited about everything’ve written.
    Just my opinion, it would bring your posts a little bit more interesting.

  19. We absolutely love your blog and find most of your post’s
    to be just what I’m looking for. Does one offer guest writers to
    write content in your case? I wouldn’t mind producing
    a post or elaborating on many of the subjects you
    write regarding here. Again, awesome web log!

  20. Wow, this paragraph is nice, my sister is analyzing these
    kinds of things, therefore I am going to convey her.

  21. Just desire to say your article is as astonishing. The clarity to your publish is
    just nice and that i could assume you’re knowledgeable
    in this subject. Well with your permission let me to grab your feed to stay up to
    date with forthcoming post. Thanks a million and please carry on the
    gratifying work.

  22. My family members always say that I am wasting my time here at net, but I know I am getting experience all the time by reading such
    pleasant content.

  23. Good day! This post could not be written any better!

    Reading this post reminds me of my previous room mate!
    He always kept talking about this. I will forward this post to
    him. Pretty sure he will have a good read. Thanks
    for sharing!

  24. If you wish for to increase your know-how only keep visiting
    this site and be updated with the hottest information posted here.

  25. Heya i’m for the primary time here. I came across this board and I to
    find It really useful & it helped me out much.
    I am hoping to offer something back and help others like you helped me.

  26. It’s awesome to go to see this web site and reading the views of all friends
    on the topic of this piece of writing, while I am also eager of getting experience.

  27. Hi! This is my first visit to your blog! We are a group of volunteers and starting
    a new initiative in a community in the same niche.
    Your blog provided us useful information to work on. You
    have done a marvellous job!

  28. Hi there to every body, it’s my first go to see of this web site;
    this weblog contains awesome and actually excellent information in favor of visitors.

  29. This paragraph is truly a fastidious one it helps new net people, who are wishing in favor
    of blogging.

  30. Hi to all, the contents present at this site are truly awesome for people experience, well, keep up the good work fellows.

  31. Heya i am for the primary time here. I found this board and I to find It really helpful &
    it helped me out much. I hope to give one thing
    back and aid others like you helped me.

  32. What’s up, of course this piece of writing is actually good and I have learned
    lot of things from it regarding blogging. thanks.

  33. Does your website have a contact page? I’m having a tough time locating
    it but, I’d like to send you an email. I’ve got some recommendations for your blog you might be interested in hearing.
    Either way, great site and I look forward to seeing it improve over time.

  34. Good way of describing, and nice article to obtain facts concerning my
    presentation subject, which i am going to present in college.

  35. Hello there, I discovered your site by way of Google while looking for a comparable topic, your web site got here up, it appears great.

    I’ve bookmarked it in my google bookmarks.
    Hi there, just turned into alert to your blog via
    Google, and located that it’s truly informative. I am gonna be careful for brussels.
    I’ll appreciate if you proceed this in future. A lot of folks will be
    benefited from your writing. Cheers!

  36. If you desire to get a great deal from this article then you have to apply such
    strategies to your won blog.

  37. Thanks a lot for sharing this with all of us you really understand what you are speaking approximately!
    Bookmarked. Please also discuss with my website =). We can have a link change arrangement between us

  38. At this time it sounds like Movable Type is the top blogging platform out there right now.

    (from what I’ve read) Is that what you are using on your
    blog?

  39. Thanks for finally talking about >The Humble Frog
    – Freeadmin.eu <Loved it!

  40. Hello there! I could have sworn I’ve been to this blog before but after browsing through some of the post I realized it’s new to me.

    Anyhow, I’m definitely delighted I found it and I’ll be bookmarking and checking back frequently!

  41. I could not resist commenting. Very well written!

  42. Hello! I could have sworn I’ve visited this site before but after looking at many of
    the posts I realized it’s new to me. Anyways, I’m certainly pleased I found it and I’ll be bookmarking it
    and checking back frequently!

  43. Thank you for any other great article. The place else
    could anybody get that type of info in such an ideal approach of
    writing? I have a presentation next week, and I’m on the search for such information.

  44. Hey there just wanted to give you a quick heads up.
    The text in your article seem to be running off the screen in Opera.
    I’m not sure if this is a formatting issue or something to do with browser compatibility but I thought I’d
    post to let you know. The design and style look great
    though! Hope you get the problem solved soon. Cheers

  45. When I initially commented I clicked the “Notify me when new comments are added”
    checkbox and now each time a comment is added I get three e-mails with the same comment.
    Is there any way you can remove people from that service?
    Thanks a lot!

  46. Hey there just wanted to give you a quick heads up.

    The words in your article seem to be running off the screen in Chrome.

    I’m not sure if this is a formatting issue or something
    to do with browser compatibility but I figured I’d post
    to let you know. The design look great though!
    Hope you get the issue resolved soon. Kudos

  47. Hi there, the whole thing is going fine here and ofcourse
    every one is sharing facts, that’s genuinely fine, keep up writing.

  48. I’m impressed, I must say. Rarely do I encounter a blog that’s
    both equally educative and interesting, and let me tell you, you’ve hit the nail on the head.
    The problem is an issue that too few men and women are speaking intelligently about.
    I’m very happy that I found this in my search for something concerning
    this.

  49. Greetings! I know this is kind of off topic but I was wondering which blog platform are you
    using for this website? I’m getting sick and tired of WordPress because I’ve had
    problems with hackers and I’m looking at options for another platform.

    I would be awesome if you could point me in the direction of
    a good platform.

  50. Hi, all is going well here and ofcourse every one is
    sharing data, that’s in fact good, keep up writing.

  51. I am now not certain the place you are getting your information, however
    great topic. I must spend a while studying much
    more or figuring out more. Thanks for magnificent info I was looking for this info for my mission.

  52. I like the helpful information you provide in your articles.

    I’ll bookmark your weblog and check again here frequently.
    I’m quite sure I’ll learn a lot of new stuff right here! Best of luck for the next!

  53. Very soon this website will be famous amid all blog viewers, due to it’s nice content

  54. Greetings from California! I’m bored to tears at work so I decided
    to browse your site on my iphone during lunch break. I really like
    the info you present here and can’t wait to take a look when I get home.
    I’m shocked at how quick your blog loaded on my mobile ..
    I’m not even using WIFI, just 3G .. Anyways, excellent site!

  55. Why users still use to read news papers when in this technological globe
    all is presented on web?

  56. Hello! I’ve been reading your website for a long time
    now and finally got the courage to go ahead and give you a shout out from Kingwood Tx!

    Just wanted to tell you keep up the good job!

  57. Heya terrific blog! Does running a blog such
    as this take a great deal of work? I’ve no understanding of coding but I was hoping to start my own blog soon. Anyhow,
    should you have any ideas or techniques for new blog owners please share.

    I know this is off subject but I just needed to ask.

    Kudos!

  58. Do you have a spam issue on this blog; I also am a blogger,
    and I was curious about your situation; many of us have developed some nice methods and we are looking to exchange methods
    with others, be sure to shoot me an email if interested.

  59. My spouse and I absolutely love your blog and find almost all of your post’s to be exactly what I’m looking for.
    can you offer guest writers to write content in your case?
    I wouldn’t mind writing a post or elaborating on some of
    the subjects you write in relation to here. Again, awesome web site!

  60. I was wondering if you ever thought of changing the structure
    of your website? Its very well written; I love what youve
    got to say. But maybe you could a little more in the way of content so people could connect with it better.
    Youve got an awful lot of text for only having one or two images.
    Maybe you could space it out better?

  61. Helpful information. Lucky me I discovered your site accidentally, and I’m
    stunned why this accident didn’t took place in advance!
    I bookmarked it.

  62. Hi there are using WordPress for your site platform?
    I’m new to the blog world but I’m trying to get started and create my own. Do you require
    any html coding expertise to make your own blog? Any help would be
    really appreciated!

  63. Hi there, There’s no doubt that your website could be having web
    browser compatibility issues. Whenever I look at your website in Safari, it looks fine however when opening in I.E., it’s got some overlapping issues.
    I merely wanted to provide you with a quick heads up!

    Besides that, excellent blog!

  64. Keep this going please, great job!

  65. I’ve been exploring for a bit for any high-quality articles or blog posts on this kind
    of area . Exploring in Yahoo I finally stumbled upon this site.

    Reading this information So i’m happy to exhibit that I’ve
    a very excellent uncanny feeling I discovered exactly what
    I needed. I so much indubitably will make certain to don?t overlook this site and give
    it a glance regularly.

  66. Wow, that’s what I was searching for, what a information! present here at this weblog,
    thanks admin of this site.

  67. These are truly fantastic ideas in about blogging.
    You have touched some fastidious points here.
    Any way keep up wrinting.

  68. My family always say that I am wasting my time here at web,
    except I know I am getting knowledge daily by reading thes pleasant articles or reviews.

  69. Hello, I check your new stuff daily. Your writing style is awesome, keep doing
    what you’re doing!

  70. Have actually been taking little over a month.

  71. Hi to every , since I am truly keen of reading this blog’s post to be updated
    regularly. It contains good material.

Leave a Reply