Nelson Mandela’s death prompted Ailsa to challenge us to share images of what ‘symbol’ meant to us.
The dove and olive branch are found together in the account of Noah’s ark in the Bible, and were used symbolically by early Christians and eventually were used as a secular peace symbol. This was popularized by Pablo Picasso in 1949 and became widely used in the post-World War II peace movement. Beginning with the Egyptians, the dove was as symbol of quiet innocence. The Chinese felt the dove was a symbol of peace and long life. To early Greeks and Romans, doves represented love and devotion, and care for a family. The dove was the sacred animal of Aphrodite and Venus, the goddesses of love and friendship. The dove also symbolized the peaceful soul for many cultures.
In Cyprus, sadly divided into two, it seems that peace is a long way away and there are many symbols of the desire for peace to be seen around the island.
Visit Where’s my backpack for some more wonderful symbols