Native of India, the peacock has become a symbol of royalty, deity and nobility in the traditions of this place of the world. The peacock throne was a coveted power seat in the 1600s for the ruler of Persia, the Shah Jahan, the man who built the incredible and magnificent monument of the Taj Mahal.
Peacocks are also an integral part of many religions. In Christianity, the white peacock would be a secret symbol of the Church and of Jesus Christ and some medieval and Renaissance artists included this motif as an additional sign of the religious nature of their works. In Buddhism, the peacock is a symbol of openness and honesty. A peacock is not afraid to show his mode to be true, even if it can make him vulnerable. Hindus consider the Peacock an avatar of the goddess Lakshmi and a sign of prosperity and luck. The peacock is also a famous lover. Males are the only ones to have this colorful plumage, which they deploy in their courtship displays to attract females.
These birds are also emblems of wisdom and knowledge. The eye patterns of the tail feathers were considered, in ancient Greece, as the "Eyes that see everything" and the bird was the symbol of the goddess Hera, queen of Olympus. Unfortunately, Hera was very jealous and vindictive and planned the destruction of any being she considered more beautiful than her.
During the Middle Ages, alchemists used the peacock in all the concoctions they prepared. The peacock and its feathers were symbols of renewal and healing. The bird was considered to be the equivalent of the Phoenix rising from the ashes. This belief came from the fact that peacocks are unaffected by the large number of toxins they consume each day. In fact, it was not unusual to see works in which the Peacock defeated a venomous snake. This idea may be at the origin of the Christian belief that the peacock could protect the Devil and his demons (snakes are symbols of evil and sin).
Meanings of peacock tattoos
The peacock represents the following characteristics:
- Vanity and beauty
- Renewal and spiritual rebirth
- Purity (white peacock)
Variations of peacock tattoos
The white peacock is a rare bird and, as such, it is particularly revered as a religious symbol. The tattoos of white peacocks represent many key concepts of Christianity such as spiritual renewal, purity and humility. The white peacock would have been a symbol of Jesus Christ. As such, a white peacock tattoo represents your deep Christian beliefs and generates a sense of renewal and enlightenment.
The plumage of the peacock represents far more than mere narcissism or vanity. Of course, a peacock with an open tail can be an exaggerated sign of pride, but feathers have also been symbols of renewal and healing for thousands of years. The peacock feather is an emblem of healing and is also considered a sign of immortality, due to the fact that the peacock is immune to many of the plant toxins it ingests regularly. In Greek culture, feathers represented knowledge and for Hindus they are a sign of kindness and compassion.