The dove has been a symbol of peace and innocence for thousands of years in many different cultures. In ancient Greek mythology it was a symbol of love and the renewal of life and in ancient Japan a dove carrying a sword symbolized the end of war. Early Christians portrayed baptism accompanied by a dove, often on their sepulchers and in the story of Noah in the Bible, when the flood waters receded, Noah sent out a dove which returned with an olive leaf, to show that the Biblical flood was over and that life had returned to Earth. Ever since, in the Christian faith, the dove has symbolized deliverance and God’s forgiveness
The use of the olive branch as a symbol of peace in Western civilization dates back to at least 5th century BC Greece. The ancient Greeks believed that olive branches represented plenty and drove away evil spirits and an olive branch was one of the attributes of “Eirene”, the Greek goddess of peace. Known as Pax to the Romans, she appeared on Roman Imperial coins with an olive branch and the Roman poet Virgil associated the ‘plump olive’ with Pax and used the olive branch as a symbol of peace in Aeneid. Another goddess in Greek mythology, Athene, gave the olive tree to the people of Athens, who showed their gratitude by naming the city after her.
The symbol “Dove of Peace” Picasso had created for the First International Peace Conference in Paris in 1949. It had become a symbol for the peace movement, the Communist Party, and other liberal groups. Soon afterwards, the Dove of Peace became a popular symbol for campaigners of peace, liberation and equality all around the world.
This proud bird is portrayed in happy flight, bearing numerous bouquets of olive branches and flowers in its wings, beak, and feet. Doves symbolize peace, tranquility, harmony, affection, and innocence, loyalty, love, simplicity, gentleness, and friendships.
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