Things About The PEACOCK That Make You Go Hmmm!
Things about the PEACOCK that make you go Hmmm!
The Peacock within the Christian community is symbolic of the immortality of Jesus Christ & His Love. They represent renewal, fidelity, purity, strength, regeneration and resurrection. Their royal like fan tail is brilliantly decorated with a plethora of eyes representative of the all seeing, all wise, all powerful, and all knowing Omnisicent, Most High God! The Peacock naturally sheds their marvelous feathers each year which is replaced with a new even more beautiful spectacular array!
The Peacock with its small crested head spreads an enormous fan shaped ornamental elongated tail that has glorious illuminating brilliant feathers. The feathers are magnificently adorned with iridescent hues of blues and greens, speckled with gold and red! Its eye spotted, ocelli featured train of a tail is splendid when spread to full view! Ocelli comes from the Latin word ocellus and oculus; which means many simple eyes or eye spots.Their wings are a glossy shiny black sheened with a deep almost variegated sapphire blue. Within the diverse varieties their dominant color varies! Peacocks have an excess of 200 or more feathers that can spread as tall as up to 6 feet when fully matured!
The white Peacock is seen much more infrequently. It has a fan shaped train tail that when displayed, sprouts a magnificent translucent immaculate glorious white! It is captivating and breathtaking! The white Peacock signifies fidelity, and long lasting loving relationship! The Peacock is actually of the male species. The female is called a pea hen and merely shadows the male in comparison. They are usually half their size. She does not have the same notable spread and she is usually adorned in a less colorful subdued green, gray or brown hues. During a 7 year study in Japan it was determined that the pea hen tends to be indifferent towards the male when he displays his “plumage” of feathers. How interesting that the Peacock will actually flare his feathers when he’s trying to get the pea hen’s attention!
The Peacock is a venerated and respected peafowl known all over the world for its vibrant colorful extraordinary beauty! It is classified as an Asiatic flying fowl from the pheasant/turkey family. It is indeed another marvelous example of God’s breathtaking Creation! Within the early Romanesque and Byzantine churches one could find a lot of ornate carvings, lamps and embellishments of the Peacock contained within its massive stone walls. Today they remain to be favorites of exotic animal collectors. They require shelter from extreme weather conditions.
Although the Peacock is considered a fowl and is omnivorous like a pig, it is usually not eaten, but harvested for its beautiful feathers. The Peacock are ground foragers that eats, plants, flowers, leaves, nuts, grains, amphibians, and snakes. It is also able to eat poisonous reptiles as well. Keeping one in your well maintained garden may not be the best practical habitat. I am not sure why? But when allowed a wild Peacock will eat almost anything white, even if it’s in the form of uneatable trash. Quite often on farms they are placed with smaller fowl like chickens because they make great alarms. Peacocks are territorial! When a predator is near they will make a loud shrieking noise to ward them off. When frightened or riled they will attack!
Peacocks are known to make a loud high pitched cry during the mating season and are known to travel in packs! They are known for their gentle nature and generally easy to care for when adequately attended. They are increasing in popularity! They have been used as pets for thousands of years. There are some exotic bird owners that delight in having them as prized occupants. The terrestrial feeders elect to nest on the ground but like to preferably roost among the trees! Their feathers by the way make marvelous fashion accessories! Many people also at times associate pride, boasting and arrogance with the Peacock as well. Quite often someone can be referred to as “strutting themselves around like a proud Peacock!”
There is much symbolism surrounding the peacock throughout many cultures. Just to mention a few; within the Indian culture this gorgeous bird represents, beauty, dignity and wholeness! In Japan it signifies love, compassion and the ability to nurture and good-will! Buddhists see the Peacock in a somewhat iconic way, and they symbolize it with wisdom. Hindus’ see it symbolically as kindness, patience, benevolence, and compassion. They believe that it will make one lucky? Interestingly so it is the National bird of India. No doubt, it is proper to say this most daring, audacious fowl; the Peacock is remarkably handsome! It is known as one of the world's largest flying birds! HMMM! I have always found them to be quite interesting and intriguing! They truly are a magnificent display of another example of GOD'S AWESOME creation!
- The Beauty of Peacock Feathers
What fascinates people about these unique feathers? What symbolism has attached to the peacock, in history and art?