The Curious Symbolism of Milk in Literature and Myth

Milk, of course, is the primary source of nourishment for mammals, a word that is ultimately derived from ‘breast’ (as, coincidentally, is the name for the city of Manchester, because it was built on a ‘breast-like’ hill). Because of its pivotal role in providing sustenance for humans and many other animals, milk has attained a number of significant symbolic qualities. Let’s take a closer look at the symbolism of milk in literature, religion, and myth.

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