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Deer and Reindeer

Reindeer and Caribou

Reindeer, also called caribou, are semi-domesticated livestock which have been herded and raised for centuries by many cultures. Reindeer and caribou are prized for their meat, hides, milk and transportation.

The most famous reindeer must be Rudolph for pulling Santa Claus's Christmas sleigh full of gifts. Bambi is also a famous, fictional deer.

The deer is depicted in paintings, stories and song in many, world cultures.

  • Christians consider the deer to be a symbol of Christ.
  • Hindu mythology, the goddess Saraswati can assume the form of a red deer called Rohit
  • messengers to the gods in Shintoism, the indigenous spirituality of Japan
  • Chinese paintings frequently depict deer as symbols of tranquility
  • Deer are commonly represented in heraldry by the stag or hart
  • Countries have deer or reindeer depicted on official coats-of-arms or shields used in heraldry