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National personification

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Britannia arm-in-arm with Uncle Sam symbolizes the British-American alliance in World War I.

A National personification are concepts such as nations, emotions, and natural forces/phenomena, such as seasons and weather in relation to personae characteristics of a state or the people(s) it inhabits. It may appear in political mascots and cultural depictions.

List of national personifications

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Location Image Personification Animal used for the same purpose
 Bangladesh Banga Mata (lit. Mother Bengal).[1] Bengal tiger[2]
 European Union Europa or Europa regina Zeus as a white bull
 Greece Hellas
 India Bharat Mata ("Mother India") Bengal tiger, Indian elephant
 Ireland Ériu, Banba, Fódla, Kathleen Ni Houlihan, Hibernia, The Old Woman of Beare[3]
 Palestine Handala
 Pakistan Pak Watan - "A term of Endearment for Pakistan" which is "Mumlikat-e-Khudadad" ('God-Given State')

Himalayan Snow spotted Tiger

 United Kingdom Britannia (United Kingdom), John Bull (England), Dame Wales (Wales) The Lion and the Unicorn (England and Scotland), Bulldog (United Kingdom), Welsh dragon (Wales)
 United States Uncle Sam (government personification), Lady Liberty, Columbia, Johnny Reb (The South, obsolete), Billy Yank (The North, obsolete), Brother Jonathan (New England, obsolete) Bald Eagle, Timber rattlesnake (American Revolution, obsolete)
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  1. Ahmed, Salahuddin (2004). Bangladesh: Past and Present. APH Publishing. p. 310. ISBN 8176484695. Retrieved July 11, 2012.
  2. "NATIONAL SYMBOLS". Bangladesh Tourism Board. Bangladesh: Ministry of Civil Aviation & Tourism. Archived from the original on 2016-12-28. Retrieved 2015-09-10.
  3. O'Rourke Murphy, M. & MacKillop, J. (2006). An Irish Literature Reader: Poetry, Prose, Drama.