BeastThe concept of beast it has several uses. The first meaning mentioned in the dictionary of the Royal Spanish Academy (RAE) refers to a four legged animal.

If we focus on this definition, we could affirm that a dog, a cow or a cat they are beasts. However, it is more common for the notion to be used to refer to animals charging, as a horse or a ox. For instance: “Poor beast, she’s already exhausted from pulling that carriage”, “I need three or four beasts to move the materials to the shed”, “Attach the plow to the beast to begin work”.

In the field it is very common to use animals for jobs that require more strength, endurance, power, or speed than humans are capable of or is willing to invest. This type of exploitation It is regrettable and contradictory to our supposed intellectual superiority: what kind of superior being treats others unfairly, takes advantage of them because they consider them inferior? Despite technological advances, which allow all agricultural tasks to be done with motorized machines, lack of resources and ignorance continue to lead to the subjugation of innocent creatures.

The word beast is also used with respect to wild animals in general: “That beast wanted to eat me!”, “On safari we saw all kinds of beasts”, “The beasts that live in the jungle are not bad: they only seek to defend their territory and feed themselves”.

Beyond animals, creatures are called beasts mythological, the monsters and other beings of fantasy: “When I was a boy I thought that evil beasts were hiding under my bed”, “The minotaur was a beast that lived in a labyrinth”, “The boy was scared when he heard the story of the beast in the basement”.

BeastFinally, the individual who it lacks education, which does not have good manners or who acts with violence Y aggressiveness: “You are a beast: I don’t understand how you can make so many spelling mistakes”, “Don’t be a beast, tell the guests to come in”, “Ramiro’s beast pushed me and made me fall to the ground”.

Another meaning of the word beast refers to the person who has one or more abilities out of the ordinary, and that when exhibits them make them seem more than a human being, as if their capacity had no limits. For example, before a singer like Patti labelle, who in his best recitals has shown a powerful and agile voice, it is common for many to say “This woman is a beast”. If we think that wild beasts are not inherently good or bad, this use is more reasonable than the negative, expressed in the previous paragraphs.

This word also appears in one of the most famous traditional fairy tales in history, «Beauty and the Beast«, Originally from France. It is a history with different versions and with a very uncertain origin. Some believe that it first appeared in the book entitled «The golden ass»Of the Roman writer Apuleyus, who was born in the first half of the second century; in that case, its original name would have been Cupid and Psyche.

In the same way, there is more than one publication that disputes the first position in popularity and even in antiquity, although here the dates are usually decisive. While Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Velleneuve Y Gianfrancesco Straparola they first came to the publishing world with their recreations of «Beauty and the Beast«, The revision of Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont, published in 1756, achieved more fame than the previous ones and has been translated into many languages ​​since then.