The badger has long been thought to be animal of great courage and quick thinking. According to the folklore of many European countries, the badger has also been known for endurance when attacked. In the Highlands of Scotland (UK), a badger head was often used on the sporran, symbolising the strength of the wearer and clan.
In Europe it was traditionally thought to be a good idea to carry a badger tooth in the pocket if you wanted to win on any wager.
‘Beat the Badger’ was a Scottish (UK) game thought to have originated from a ritual for young men and boys to prove their bravery. The boy had to run between two parallel lines of young men who held sticks. As they ran between the lines the young men would wield wooden clubs and the boy had to reach the other end to indicate his fortitude to be as strong as the badger. This game is found in the ancient stories of Gwawl and Rhiannon.