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Doves, particularly white ones, are a traditional Christian and Jewish symbols of love and peace. In Christian imagery, a dove also symbolizes the Holy Spirit. A symbol of innocence, gentleness, and affection since this bird returned to Noah's Ark with an olive branch in its beak, the dove has been the bringer of good news and the messenger of peace. Over time this charge has represented the symbol for fidelity in marriage, temperance and moderation, and chastity and patience in all trials and tribulations. The strong religious connection to the dove cannot be overlooked since the image of this bird has been found in monuments going back to Greek tombs where the images of the dove with a human head have been found. Greeks pictured the human soul as a dove and as a matter of fact, the goddess of love and beauty, Aphrodite is generally shown holding a dove. It is interesting to note that Jesus instructed His disciples to, "Be wise as serpents and harmless as doves."


In a Christian context, the dove symbolizes innocence. In Matthew 10:16 of the Christian bible, it is said, "'See, I am sending you out like sheep into the midst of wolves; so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves.'"


The dove with an olive leaf as a symbol of peace traces to the story of Noah and the ark told in Genesis 8:10 of the Christian bible. Noah sent the dove from the ark, and when it returned with an olive leaf he knew the flood waters had receded.


In Christianity, the dove is a symbol of the Holy Spirit because it carries the soul to heaven after death. In Christian iconography, the dove often hovers over or near divine figures such as the Virgin Mary, Jesus, and the saints.

Example of known uses of dove

Coat of arms of the city of Buenos Aires

Since the late 17th century, the arms of the capital of Argentina have depicted the ships which founded the city overlooked by a dove displayed (it is also often seen volant). The dove symbolises the Holy Spirit's protection of the city.

The coat of arms of the town of Bla

The dove's association with peace, protection and hospitality meant it was a popular charge in town arms. The large English town of Blackburn, which owed its 19th century prosperity to weaving, adds a distinctive feature - a thread of cotton in the dove's beak.

Charitable Institutions

As one can well imagine, many charitable foundations use the dove as their logo.


The Catholic Church and many Protestant denominations use this logo as do shrines and holy places.

Dove Skincare

This huge soap and skincare company claims that its products are very gentle to the body, and the Dove logo itself is a dove volant silhouette profile.

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