National and Cultural Symbolism of Zoo-Anthropomorphic Creatures in Ukrainian Myphological Picture of the World
The article analyses the mythopoetic origins of the Ukrainian national and cultural symbolism of zoo-anthropomorphic creatures. It examines how animal names create ethnic symbols, i.e. the peculiar fragments of the Ukrainian mythological picture of the world. The national concepts of zoonyms and their implementation are described in the Ukrainian mythological system. The attention is given to zoo-anthropomorphic creatures: their etiologic function and having their own national and cultural symbolism, an axiological identification of good / evil in the explanation of the universe, the manner they are semanticised by the symbolism and value categories of the Ukrainian mythopoetic consciousness in the plot lines of Ukrainian myths and legends.
Key Words: Ukrainian national and cultural symbolism, zoo-anthropomorphic creatures, ethnic symbols, zoonyms.