The tools they use became symbols of authority, wielded by pharaoahs and Christian bishops.
The Psalmist said The Lord was his.
They were the first to arrive at the stable.
The Greeks imagined that they spent their long periods of enforced idleness dallying with nymphs and other supernatural beings.
The Goddess Diana fell for one.
The Dresden porcelain makers sculpted them.
Poussin painted some Arcadian ones- and the image went viral.
Little Boy Blue and Little Bo Peep fell down on the job.
The Copper family of Rottingdean have several songs about them in their repertoire.