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Peacock Symbolism, Peacock Symbols and Their Meaning

The peacock is a wonderful bird, it is colorful and beautiful, the first time you see one, it is spellbinding.

It has often been believed that keeping peacock feathers in your house will bring you bad luck, so there is the first symbol that peacocks stand for, bad luck.

Another symbol the peacock stands for is renewal. The reason for that is that the feathers of the entire tail of a peacock are renewed each year.

Some cultures believe that a peacock or 2 peacocks stand guard at the entrance to the Gates of Heaven. Peacocks are also known to be a symbol of the immortality of Jesus Christ.

To the buddhist, peacocks symbolize wisdom.

While Native Americans believe that the peacock is a symbol of wholeness, beauty, and dignity.

Peacock Symbolism in Greek Mythology

Now for the Greeks beliefs about the peacock, read the following myth about the peacock in Greek mythology.


Zeus was having an affair with the nymph Lo. Hera, Zeus's wife, found out about it. Zeus changed Lo into a white heifer. Hera sent her servant Argus to watch the cow. Argus had one hundred eyes, and when he slept some of them were always open, so he could see in his sleep. Zeus sent Hermes to save Lo. Hermes played a lullaby on his flute, and as each of Argus's eyes shut, Hermes touched it with his magic wand and sealed it shut. Finally all of Argus's eyes were shut, and the cow ran away (according to some legends all the way to Egypt, but that's another story). Hermes killed Argus, and Hera, to honor Argus put the eye pattern on the peacock's tail forever.

Peacock Symbolism in Hindu Culture


To the Hindu the peacock is associated with the deity that symbolizes patience, kindness, compassion, and good luck.

The peacock is the national bird of India.



Peacock Symbolism in Japanese Culture

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To the Japanese the peacock symbolizes love, or more precisely it is an emblem of love.

To the Japanese the peacock symbolizes good will, nuturing, and beind kind.
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