The doe is known for its gentleness and keen sensitivity. It is sacred to Diana, the Roman goddess of woodlands and hunting known as the protector of women, who is often depicted with bow and arrow and a deer by her side. The deer was also important to the early Celts, for whom it was a key food source prior to the establishment of agriculture. It is equally important to many Native American tribes of North America, who associate the animal with spiritual awareness, fertility, creation, peace, and the earth. In Native tribes of the southeastern United States, Deer Woman is a prominent figure in marriage and courtship rituals. The deer also plays a role in the myths and stories of numerous cultures. In the medieval French legend of Genevieve de Brabant, a woman is falsely accused of adultery. When she escapes with her son into the forest, a doe helps them find food. A deer-hunting scene appears in the 14th-century alliterative poem Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, revealing the ritualistic rules that governed hunting the animal at this time. And let's not forget the ever-popular Bambi!
Does are gentle, timid animals, content to graze quietly in dappled meadows. Native peoples of the Americas associate the doe with peace and with the earth. Along with gentleness, the doe is also a symbol of innocence and compassion.
As the protector of women, the Roman goddess Diana is frequently depicted with a doe by her side. Deer Woman is a Native American figure who served as a guide for young women especially in the context of courtship, marriage, and fertility.
The doe is sacred to Diana, the Roman goddess of hunting. In stories, poems, and myths, the deer often appears in the context of the hunt, as in the case of the medieval poem Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and the story of Bambi.
The Golden Hinde
The name of the Tudor warship which took Sir Francis Drake around the world was a tribute to the voyage's patron Christopher Hatton, whose achievement featured a statant hind (another name for doe). On the ship's arms, the hind is pictured trippant (with the foreleg raised).
The coat of arms of the London district of Holborn
Holborn's wounded hind represents St Giles in the Fields, one of the area's historic churches. According to legend, Giles lived in silent contemplation with the hind - a symbol of peace - until receiving a crippling injury while protecting his companion from hunters.
Browning Firearms Company
The famous gun manufacturer shows a stag with antlers in silhouette.
Today, a deer appears on the arms of the Israeli Postal Authority.
This is the famous producer of farm machinery includes a logo of a rampant stag on a vert field.