Bronze Praying Mantis and Bowl statuette. Preying Mantis Hunting statue for Sale for Indoors use by the Gifted and Original Sculptor Francois Viljoen.
Francois says; “The Praying Mantis name comes from the typical “prayer-like” posture with folded fore-limbs, although the Eggcorn “Preying Mantis” is sometimes used in reference to their predatory habits. The insect order contains over 2400 species and 430 genera.
For me, the Mantis is a very secretive creature and fascinated me from childhood and for me, a strong symbol, and metaphor, of peacefulness, quietness, inner tranquillity and strength. The Greek word “mantis” means “prophet”.
From where I come from in South Africa, the Kalahari Bushmen has got very strong beliefs regarding the Mantis and in ancient China the Mantis has strong symbolic meaning and features in many folk tales. To them it represents “strength, courage and boldness”.