LISTEN TO THE ANIMALS . . . ONE STORY AT A TIME.
In myths, legends, and fairy tales from all over the world, the hero or heroine is often helped in their quest by an animal companion providing assistance, support, and protection. In these stories from all cultures, only one steadfast rule has emerged that must always be followed, and this is the rule:
THE ADVICE OF THE ANIMAL HELPER IS ALWAYS CORRECT.
It does not matter what the animal helper tells the hero or heroine to do: fight, don't fight, lie, don't lie. What matters is following the animal's advice. If not, then disaster is sure to strike and the hero or heroine certain to fail.
This extraordinary finding by the famous psychologist Marie Louise von Franz, serves to elevate the importance of animals in daily life. Stories from all cultures acknowledge, celebrate and hold sacred the connection between the animal world and the human world. This kind of bond between animal and human still exists in today's world; animals continue, as they have for centuries, to guide, teach, and protect humankind.
Voice of the Animal speaks to the rich legacy and heritage of our connection to animals, a timeless tradition expressed through myth, folklore, fairy tales, and legends from cultures all over the world, as well as through popular culture in film, books, and advertising.