(esp. white doves) are a traditional Christian and Jewish
symbol of love and peace. According to the biblical
story, a dove
was released by Noah after the flood in order to find land;
it came back carrying an olive branch, telling Noah that,
somewhere, there was land. A dove with an olive branch
has since then come to symbolize peace.
In Christian iconography,
a dove also symbolizes the Holy Spirit, in reference to
Matthew 3:16 and Luke 3:22 where the Holy Spirit appeared
as a dove at the Baptism of Jesus.
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