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Why is the dove considered to be symbol of peace throughout the world?

Origins? Details? Thank you. Cindy

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  • Anonymous
    9 years ago
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    Doves mate for life, are incredibly loyal to each other and work together to build their nest and raise their young. Because they tend to nest in areas that humans can watch, people picked up quickly on the idea that doves were dedicated, honorable and peaceful.

    While hawks and other birds of prey would violently attack their neighbors, the dove was 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.

  • Anonymous
    5 years ago

    The story of Noah in the Torah ends with a passage describing a dove bringing a freshly plucked olive leaf, it must be from there.

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    Why is the dove considered to be symbol of peace throughout the world?

    Origins? Details? Thank you. Cindy

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    4 years ago

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  • Erika
    Lv 4
    3 years ago

    Dove Of Peace

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  • 9 years ago

    All four Gospel accounts refer to the baptism of Jesus by John at the Jordan river (Matthew 3:16; Mark 1:10; Luke 3:22; John 1:32). The Luke account says “And the Holy Spirit came down in a bodily shape, like a dove on Him.” Because the Holy Spirit is just that—spirit—He is not visible to us. This occasion, however, was a real visible appearance, and was doubtless seen by the people. The dove is an emblem of purity and harmlessness (Matthew 10:16), and the form of the dove was assumed on this occasion to signify that the Spirit with which Jesus would be endowed would be one of purity and innocence.

    Another symbol involving the dove comes from the account of the Flood and Noah’s ark in Genesis 6-8. When the earth had been covered with water for some time, Noah wanted to check to see if there was dry land anywhere, so he sent out a dove which came back with an olive branch in her beak (Genesis 8:11). Since that time, the olive branch has been a symbol of peace. Symbolically, the story of the dove tells us that God declared peace with mankind after the Flood purged the earth of its wickedness. The dove represented His Spirit bringing the good news of reconciliation with God. Of course, this was only in a temporal sense because true spiritual reconciliation with God only comes through Jesus Christ. But it is significant that the Holy Spirit was pictured as a dove at Jesus’ baptism, thereby once again symbolizing peace with God.

    The Holy Spirit, when He assumes a visible form, assumes that which will be symbolic of the thing to be represented. At Pentecost, He assumed the form of “tongues of fire” (Acts 2:30) to signify the miraculous powers of language with which the apostles would be endowed and the power of their message. In the same way, His appearance as the dove symbolizes the gentle Savior bringing peace to mankind through His sacrifice.

  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    The Slavs believe that, at death, the soul turns into a dove. This bird

    partakes of the general symbolism of all winged animals, that is, of spirituality

    and the power of sublimation. It is also symbolic of souls, a motif which is

    common in Visigothic and Romanesque art. Christianity, inspired in the

    Scriptures, depicts the third person of the Trinity—the Holy Ghost—in the

    shape of a dove, although he is also represented by the image of a tongue of

    Pentecostal fire. According to the biblical story, a dove was released by Noah after the flood in order to find land; it came back carrying an olive branch in its beak, telling Noah that, somewhere, there was land.

    Source(s): A Dictionary of Symbols - J. E. Cirlot [Second Edition] 2001
  • 6 years ago

    As others have said, in the Bible the Dove is never directly linked with peace. At the end of the flood, when a dove brings Noah an olive leaf, it could be seen as a sign of hope that life was becoming to come back to the earth. I suspect that Jews in Biblical times would have mainly thought of doves as sacrificial animals, offered by people too poor to afford a lamb (Lev 5.7), and this may well have been the imagery intended in the accounts of Jesus' baptism.

    (N.B. The reply voted as "Best Answer" by ? comes directly from the Wikipeadia article I read immediately before finding this thread.)

  • 9 years ago

    I guess it has to do with the Bible. In the story of Noah, god sends a dove signifying that all is peaceful after the water lowers.

    Source(s): The Bible
  • Megs
    Lv 6
    9 years ago

    The story of Noah and the great flood include a dove and an olive leaf in Gen 8:11. Although this symbol is often associated with the story of Noah in the Bible, peace is never mentioned in connection with a dove or an olive branch in either the Hebrew Bible or the New Testament. The latter uses the dove as a simile of the Spirit of God that descended on Jesus during his baptism.[Mt 3:16] In their art, the early Christians sometimes portrayed baptism with the dove holding a branch, According to Winckelmann, they often allegorised peace on their sepulchres by the figure of a dove bearing an olive branch in its beak.The symbol of the dove appears in many funerary inscriptions in the Roman catacombs, sometimes accompanied by the words in pace (Latin for "in peace".) For example, in the Catacomb of Callixtus there is a representation of a dove and branch next to a Latin inscrption meaning "Nicella, God’s virgin, who lived for more or less 35 years. She was placed [here] 15 days before the Kalends of May [17th April]. For the well deserving one in peace." In another there is a shallow relief sculpture showing a dove with a branch flying to a figure marked in Greek ΕΙΡΗΝΗ (Eirene, or Peace).

    An olive branch held by a dove was used as a peace symbol in 18th century America. A £2 note of North Carolina (1771) depicted the dove and olive with a motto meaning: "Peace restored". Georgia's $40 note of 1778 portrayed the dove and olive and a hand holding a dagger, with a motto meaning "Either war or peace, prepared for both."

    A German war loan poster of 1917 (see Gallery below) showed the head of an eagle over a dove of peace in flight, with the text, "Subscribe to the War Loan".

    Picasso's lithograph, La Colombe (The Dove), a traditional, realistic picture of a pigeon, was chosen as the emblem for the World Peace Congress in Paris in April 1949. The dove became a symbol for the peace movement and the ideals of the Communist Party and was used in Communist demonstrations of the period. At the 1950 World Peace Congress in Sheffield, Picasso said that his father had taught him to paint doves, concluding, "I stand for life against death; I stand for peace against war." At the 1952 World Peace Congress in Berlin, Picasso's Dove was depicted in a banner above the stage. The dove symbol was used extensively in the post-war peace movement.

    Hope this helps :] x

  • jaffar
    Lv 4
    3 years ago

    Bird Of Peace

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