Feb. 12, 2011
-- The peacock is well-known for its brightly colored feathers, but did you know that the peacock is actually a male peafowl? The Female peafowl does not have the extravagant large feathers that the male peafowl (peacock) has. Females measure around 34 inches long and weigh around 7.4 lbs. The male, with the feathers being high in the air, measure 7.4 feet and weigh around 11 lbs. Peacocks are considered to be loyal and faithful to their partners. In Mythology, the peacock has been said to die of grief if it loses its mate. During Mating Season, the peacock will grab the females attention by raising his long beautiful tail feathers into the air and shaking them. They both have an average life span of twenty years in the wild. They are peaceful animals that prefer to live in large, open spaces but without any kind of commotion.
The peacock is a symbol of beauty, royalty, immortality, pride and peace. According to Muslim Legend, this magnificent bird has gain its symbolic presence in the Gates of Paradise. Peacocks have also been associated with the "All Seeing Eye" because its feathers look as though they display 100 eyes. In Greek-Mythology, the peacock was the patron bird of the goddess Hera. According to myth, Hera placed 100 eyes on the peacocks feathers, symbolizing the eyes of the stars. In Buddhism, this beautiful bird symbolises wisdom and purity. It's feathers are used for Buddhists purification ceremonies. The peacock is sacred in India and is also considered to be a symbol of good-luck. In Feng Shui, peacocks are a symbol of beauty and fidelity. Displaying the image of a peacock in the southern region of the bedroom can encourage a lasting and loving partnership. Also, in Feng Shui, the peacocks feathers can protect you from disasters and dangers because of the "eyes" of the feathers.
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