Eagles are impressive beings. You might even say that they are the kings of the skies, and with reason. They are powerful predators, with majestic wings and feathers. They make their nests high in the mountains, far away from land animals and men, and from where they can see their territory and look at their prey. Their eyesight, powerful talons, and ability to soar high have made them creatures of worship and admiration by men for centuries.
It is is not a wonder that many cultures, both modern and ancient have chosen the eagle to represent them. In the United States of America, for example, there are eagle drawings that represent the country itself. Some of these eagle drawings used to include a bear, to represent the struggle between the United States and the Union of Socialist Soviet Republics during the cold war. Other eagle drawings show the eagle dressed with the clothes that Uncle Sam wears, most importantly a top hat with stars and stripes. Yet other types of eagle drawings depict an eagle standing in front of an American flag. In this situation, the eagle is used to represent the countrys vision and power.
However, it is not the only country that has linked itself to the eagle. In Mexican culture, the eagle is also an important element. Old Aztec eagle drawings show men dressed in costumes that represent eagles. They believed that dressing in eagle attire will give their warriors and hunters the powers of the eagle, such as agility, ferocity, and power. Other Aztec eagle drawings depict the very start of Aztec and Mexican culture. In this type of eagle drawings, the Aztecs ancestors were told by their god to look for a place to establish their civilization. Much like Moses and the Jews, these ancient Aztecs wandered through the land in search of the sign foretold by their god. The sign in question was an eagle on top of a nopal (a type of Mexican cactus) eating a serpent. They eventually found it in what is called today the Valley of Mexico and founded Tenochtitlan, which became Mexico City with the centuries. Whether this event really happened or not, it is an important part of Mexican culture. So important that eagle drawings depicting this sign have become the coat of arms of all Mexican flags.
In addition, several other kingdoms and cultures have adopted the eagle as its symbol. For example, many of the provinces of Spain feature it in their coats of arms or flags.
Unfortunately, indiscriminate hunting and damage to the environment has led to the reduction of eagle populations. Unless we humans change our attitude to nature, we will lose such marvelous creatures.