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Doves…Why do we regard them as symbols of peace?

Doves mate for life, are incredibly loyal to each other and work together to build their nest and raise their young. This fact makes them an excellent choice for wedding themes.  People throughout the world picked up quickly on the idea that doves were dedicated, honorable and continued…peaceful.

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The dove is a bird of peace, eating seeds, easily trained to eat out of the hand or to become domesticated.

Beginning with the Egyptians, the dove was as symbol of quiet innocence.

The Chinese felt the dove was a symbol of peace and long life.

To early Greeks and Romans, doves represented love and devotion, and care for a family. The dove was the sacred animal of Aphrodite and Venus, the goddesses of love.

The dove also symbolized the peaceful soul for many cultures.The Bible continued this symbolism, often referring to the dove as an animal representing love, loyalty, fidelity and honesty. The dove is entrusted with the olive branch when Noah hopes to find a new home for himself and his flock.

The dove often also represents the Holy Spirit. dove-bird-flying-white-spirituality-symbols-of-peace-wing.jpg

In funeral or memorial ceremonies the symbolic representation contributes to a memorable visual presentation which brings comfort to those who have lost a loved one.

Picasso popularized doves again in the 1950s. When WW2 ended, he was asked to create an image for the Peace Conference and he chose the Dove of Peace. This became an instant hit and he continued to portray doves for many years.  Is it any wonder why the dove is a popular logo and symbol throughout the world?

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