Not only in Egypt but also throughout the entire
continent of Africa the lizard recurs again and again as a motif in
popular culture. The Dogon tribe of West Africa carve lizards on their
house and granary doors to invoke protective spirits. On the Grasslands
of the Cameroon the lizard is a potent fertility symbol among the
Bamum, whilst for the Babanki a lizard represents household
tranquillity [4,5,6]. To do justice to all African uses of this symbol
would take an entire article so I will not expand upon these themes
In Christian ideology the lizard is a more ambivalent
symbol. All reptiles can be viewed as paler versions of the potent
symbol represented by the snake or serpent. Taken alone on it's own
merits the lizard is said to represent "contemplative ecstasy" .
This is thought to arise from the fondness of these creatures for
basking motionless in the sun for hours on end. St. Gregory "the Great"
observed that the lizard might symbolise "the soul that humbly seeks
enlightenment" and that is what I hope they are doing on this cover for
the Henna Page Journal.