Symbols

Bird (general)

鳥 · [ niǎo ]

In almost all cultures birds were regarded as mediators between earth and heaven, often they were also regarded as indicators of prophecies. There are numerous mythological birds, hybrid-creatures and bird gods existing across all the different cultures. Generally speaking birds symbolize freedom, vigilance and independence

 

> Usage of the symbol

The symbolism of the bird can vary quite a bit, depending on its species or its artistic representation. The lightness of a small hummingbird has definitely another impact than a majestically soaring eagle. Therefore it’s quite important to choose the right kind of bird. Generally speaking birds always embody a certain ease and make a connection to the beyond.

To get an overview of specific birds, related hybrid creatures and mythological figures, please see:

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