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Peacock


A magnificent and truly beautiful bird is often portrayed in religious artwork. This bird once was sacred to pagan worship of the goddess Juno – yet, was believed to be adopted by Christians as a symbol of immortality. Peacock representations can be found on frescoes in ancient catacombs, and in the mosaics of the Christian basilicas. Discussion of the peacock brings out ideas that perhaps this symbol was for decorative qualities. It was believed that the flesh of the peacock is incorruptible, and as it feathers were shed it would take on more colors and finer plumage. It remains a popular symbol of the resurrection and eternal life.

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