What Makes Peacock Feathers So Alluring?
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What is a Peacock?
A peacock is a male peafowl, a large vibrant coloured pheasant. Just like any other fowls and birds, the peacock makes its courting entry in a strong appeal to a peahen through displaying a big fan of shiny silken colourful feathers. The peahen is plain and does not have fascinating feathers just like any other female bird. How opposite are the female birds to women when we become flirtatious and complex in our get-up to attract men?
A peacock’s feather train is used for courtship rituals. The two common peacock species are the blue and green peacocks. The blue peacock is native and sacred to India and in fact is India’s national bird. It is the most beauteous bird that can also be found anywhere in the world in captivity and is one of the largest birds in the world considering the wingspan and the length of tail. There is an abundance of this blue pheasant fowl in India and Sri Lanka. India’s rich jungle and animal sanctuaries are homes to thousands of species and birdlife. The green peacock lives in Burma. Other variety of peacocks are the Congo (Africa), Black Shouldered and the elegant White. The ancient Phoenicians presented peafowls to the pharaohs of Egypt, made its way to Europe, and so the spread of this glorious pheasant bird around the world.
The Peacock Courtship Dance...MUST WATCH!
The Peacock’s Alluring Tail
The gorgeous, impressive and complex patterns of a peacock’s tail that grows 5 ft. long displays shimmering and outstanding colours of pear-like eyelets serve to lure flirty attractions to the female counterpart. The courtship begins by waving its long tail into a perfect magnificent spread like that of a delicate handheld ladies fan, and then, the peacock proudly struts and cries loud.
The decorative feathers of a peacock spans around 200 ‘tail’ feathers which shed by its own and then re-grow. The ocellations (having spots) on feathers is otherwise known as the “eye-feather”. These eyes are uniformly distributed with equal spacing by the length of its feathers such that it gives an elegant, glamorous appearance. The peacock can shake a full tail fan vibrating interestingly. Its vibration produces a distinct hum. How wonderful is that?
The genetic evolution on male peafowls made these birds’ bodies more ornamental with behinds in fabulous chromatic vividness. The sexual selection plays a role in the evolution of the male. Male traits corresponds with the female traits of choices and wants in sexual process and survival, thus males with enormous splendid feathers attract mates and pass on the healthy feather genes to its offspring. Female peafowls like any other female animal has the role of being a "guardian" to their offspring (as a mother would) and protect them away from predators, so are less attractive and camouflage in a duller shade.
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The Beautiful Eye Feather
The iridescence of the peacock feathers and the eye-like design on the feather is beautiful in the illumination of colours from blue, green and brown turning into indigo, dark purple, turquoise, blue green, bright green, bronze, copper, yellow and gold, or more so depending on the kind of peacock. Don’t you just get hypnotized by the look of it?
The pearlescent or iridescent colour is the colour that changes during a multiple reflection of colours from light and converts dramatically in the angle of view, some appearing with rainbow hues in many other vertebrae, mollusks, objects, bubbles, and even the clouds.
The Tale of a Tail
(Now, let’s not get confused with two versions of the tale in Greek and Roman mythology. Stories of ancient myths on Roman gods were borrowed from the stories of Greek gods and heroes in such that Greek mythology had evolved around 700 years even before Roman mythological beliefs sprouted.)
The Hundred Eyes (Greek myth)
Argus “Argos Panoptes”, the hundred-eyed giant watcher of Hera “Queen of the Gods” and wife of Zeus was summoned to watch over the young white cow which she had demanded from Zeus as a gift after she found her husband Zeus consorting with Io, the nymph, whom the god had seduced and became his lover. Zeus had turned Io into a heifer (cow) to escape Hera’s wrath, but Hera was not deceived by Zeus tricks of infidelity.
Zeus sent his messenger, Hermes to rescue his lover from the watchful 100 eyes of Argus. Hermes played with his flute and sang gloomy tunes that had Argus eyes closed one by one after the other and fell asleep. Hermes steadfastly slew the giant Argus with his sword.
On the other hand, Hera made Io, the heifer, wander far from Zeus reaching Egypt with which Zeus tracked his nymph and bore him a son.
Now with Argus dead, Hera became saddened and grieving of the death of her loyal guard, and repaid his services to her by laying all his 100 eyes onto the tail of her favourite and sacred bird, the peacock.
Aesop's Tale About a Peacock
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The Peacock is Special
The peacock is alluring of its own and why? Because the breed is so special and has been a symbol of goodness to the human race. The peacock symbol retraces farther back in history, then and now.
Aside from its symbol for beauty and perfection, there are more to a Peacock’s Symbolism:
To the Pagans – a peacock was a symbol of life eternity (afterlife)
In Greek mythology – a peacock symbolizes protection
In Greek & Roman mythology – a peacock is a symbol of the wisdom in heavens and all-powerful boundless knowledge
In the Old World – a peacock is a common symbol as royal guardians; of the royals’ nobility, glory and honour
In Church and Christianity – a peacock symbolizes sacredness and sanctity, renewal, resurrection and immortality especially during Easter
In Ancient and Modern Beliefs – a peacock feather is applied as a talisman to ward against evil
In India and Hinduism - a peacock is considered sacred and pure, victory and cure, and fertility; patience, love, kindness and kinship
In Tibetan Buddhism – a peacock stands for wisdom and openness; also as a protector and preserver
In China – a peacock is a symbol for authority and pride
In Asia – a peacock feather is conceived as favourable, lucky and protective
In European Banquets, Renaissance Period – a peacock symbolizes royalty in a form of a stuffed roast bird (same as the swan)
In Present Time – a peacock stands for fearlessness, vitality, vibrancy, great heart, virtuousness and splendor. Peacock feathers are said to protect, safe guards the home from bad energies and brings good luck (to believe or not – see negative symbols).
Peacock Feathers in My Home
Do peacock feathers serve as a décor in your home?
The Peacock Tail Entails Negative Symbols (as well)
The hundred eyes depict demons watching.
The peacock feathers if kept inside a home or used in a theatre and stages sets brings bad luck. Except maybe for burlesque nights on stage?
The peacock feathers should not be used as a costume, prop or other dress-up pieces for it brings illness to the bearer.
A peacock is said to be vain and proud.
A peacock also stands for corruption and extravagance.
A peacock is a spy.
Seeing a Bird in Your Dream, what does it mean?
A bird symbolizes goals, aspirations, hopes
A bird chirping or flying - joy, harmony, ecstasy, balance, and love
dead or dying birds - disappointments; worrying over constant problems in your mind
Lack of motivation. Jealousy, lust, temptation.
Happiness and harmony; a new relationship is blossoming.
Cowardness and lack of willpower; excessive chatter and gossip
Peace, tranquility, harmony, innocence. Love, gentleness, friendships. Blessings from the Holy Spirit.
Spiritual freedom; flexibility.
To see a white duck - falsehood and deceit.
Nobility, pride, freedom, power, courage.
To see a trapped eagle - restricted and confined.
Domesticity, lifelong companionship.
Fertility, motherly love.
Wild goose chase - going about a problem all wrong.
Soaring gulls - indicates clear perspective.
Dead gulls - separation, relationship drifting apart.
Suspicioins are lurking around you and your activities.
Potential and power.
Frivolous. Also, inability to commit to a relationship.
Wisdom. Exploration. Self-reflection.
"Loony" or crazy.
Cleverness, independence; strong will and determination on getting what you want.
Taking credit for the work of others. Cockiness.
New beginning; spiritual enlightenment.
Unrequited love, longing, pain.
Insight, wisdom, awareness, virtue.
Hoot of an owl - disappointments; deaths.
Message or gossip is being conveyed.
Someone who is eccentric or obnoxious to you.
Spring, birth, longevity, love. Good omen - prestige, sucess, contentment (relationship & love)
Pride, vanity; many eyes are watching you.
A desire to return home.
Gossip, news. Also, taking the blame for the actions of others.
Love, lust, victory overcoming obstacles and hardships.
Betrayal, disharmony, misfortune, death.
Masculinity, pride, valor.
Pride, arrogance, eccentricities. May also be a pun of you know what.
Beauty, grace, purity, dignity, prestige, wealth.
Black swan - mystery, unknown. Also alluring, yet forbidden.
Thanksgiving - time of togetherness; family.
You are foolish. Hunting or shooting - dishonesty in acquiring riches.
Purification, insight, rebirth. Also, must learn from your past.
You are taken advantage of. Also means death, doom.
You have overlooked something in your life.
Positive outlook in your professional life.