Frogs represent aspects of spirituality in many ancient cultures. Egyptians believed that the frog goddess Heket was responsible for fertility.
She put the first breath in newborns. To Native Americans, frogs symbolized change and transformation while forming the link between humans and Mother Earth. For some peoples, frogs meant the end of winter and the beginning of spring. They believed that the last snowflakes of the season turned into frogs.
In Asian cultures, frogs were symbols of good luck or a safe voyage, as the amphibians are equated with water. They are also seen as an ambassador between the living and the dead. Miniature jade figurines were often placed in the mouths of deceased loved ones, which ensured a safe journey into the next life. During medieval times, Europeans associated frogs with paganism and witchcraft. The amphibians were thought to indicate the presence of Satan. Concocted potions commonly included frog parts. On the other hand, Celtic cultures saw frogs as healers.
Frogs can also represent rebirth or resurrection. In modern current events, many remember the amusing antics portrayed by the Budweiser frogs. Common frog tattoos include Native American Haida depictions. When combined with floral patterns or wings, the frog symbolizes peace, tranquility or tolerance.