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Dancing Peacock

Prominent in many cultures, the peacock has been used in numerous iconic representations, including being designated the national bird of India. The peacock, known as 'Mayura' in Sanskrit, has enjoyed a fabled place in India since and is frequently depicted in temple art, mythology, poetry, folk-music and traditions. Many Hindu deities are associated with the bird, Krishna is often depicted with a feather in his headband, while worshippers of Shiva associate the bird as the steed of the God of war, Karthikeya (also known as Skanda or Murugan). In Buddhist philosophy, the peacock represents wisdom. Peacock feathers are used in many rituals and ornamentation. Peacock motifs are widespread in Indian temple architecture, old coinage, textiles and continue to be used in many modern items of art and utility. In Greek mythology the origin of the peacocks plumage is explained in the tale of Juno and Argus. The main figure of the Kurdish religion Yezidism, Melek Taus, is most commonly depicted as a peacock.

 

Shot @ KL Bird Park.

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Taken on September 2, 2010