The hyena was venerated by the ancient Egyptians, who believed a precious stone called the hyaenia could be found in its eyes. In Africa, the hyena has two opposing symbolic meanings. Because it is furtive and lives on carrion, it symbolizes cowardice. However, because it possesses powerful jaws, excellent eyesight, and a remarkable sense of smell, it also symbolizes knowledge and strength. Many people believe that because it eats the bones of dead animals, its stomach is full of lost souls, and consequently its howl is demonic. If you dream of a hyena, it's a sign of emotional problems that need to be dealt with carefully. It can also be a sign that you are being preyed upon by others.