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It is an emblem of beauty and dignity. In the Ming and Qing dynasties the seniority of officials could be judged by the number of peacock feathers he wore in his hat. So peacocks in decoration can represent the wish to become an official .
Other birds. The peacock in Byzantine and early Romanesque art was used to signify the Resurrection , because its flesh was thought to be incorruptible. ( St. Augustine , City of God , xxi, c, iv.) It was also a symbol of pride . The raven is a symbol of the Jews of confession and penance . The cock is a symbol of vigilance, and also an emblem of St. Peter . The vulture has always typified greed . Many other birds were used during the Middle Ages for symbolic and ecclesiological purposes; while the preachers of these centuries developed the symbolism of each one of these emblems to a degree that now seems far-fetched and often obscure, nevertheless, they made it clear that religious instruction can be gained from birds and even from the common things of life .
Comments Sources LAUCHERT, Geschichte des Physiologus (Strasburg, 1889); CAHIER, Mélanges d'archéol . (Paris, 1847-56); NEAL AND WEBB, The Symbolism of Churches and Church Ornaments (New York, 1896); DIDRON, Christian Iconography (London, 1851); EVANS, Animal Symbolism in Ecclesiastical Architecture (London, 1896); VIOLLET-LE-DUC, Dictionnaire raisonné de l'architecture française du XIe au XVIe siècle (Paris, 1853).
In this beautiful poem, William Davies who has used the symbol of rain to show the different classes of society. He does this by describing the way the upper leaves benefit from the rain first, and then hand down the rest to the lower leaves. The same way, rich people pass on the leftover benefits to the poor people.
Boar - A fierce combatant when at bay, and ceases fighting only with its life,
may be properly applied as the armorial bearing of a warrior.
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