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In some churches I have seen, the peacock is used in furniture or other similar items:

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It can also be seen in some Iconography and decoration:

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I was just wondering what the symbolism of the Peacock actually is, and what churches this symbol is used in? Seems to me to that it is just a proud bird!

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One can find a reference to the peacock in the book of Revelation 4:6:

Before the throne there was a sea of glass, like crystal. And in the midst of the throne, and around the throne, were four living creatures full of eyes in front and in back.

"Full of eyes"... "The tail of the peacock, with its ‘thousand eyes’ are symbolic of omnipotence and often ascribed to the Archangel Michael. The peacock’s feather is sometimes associated with St. Barbara."1 Also, The peacock, (due to an ancient myth that Peacock flesh did not decay), is seen as a symbol of immortality.

The peacock is also seen as a symbol of resurrection: "When the peacock sheds his feathers, he grows more brilliant ones than those he lost."2

One may also hear the opinion that the peacock is the symbol of (ironically) humility, since it has great beauty, yet hides it all behind itself.

As a fleur de lis symbol, it is often seen as a symbol of Beauty, power, and knowledge.3


What churches is this symbol used in?

To the best of my knowledge, the Protestant denominations have never really used the Peacock as a symbol. It is used somewhat commonly in the Orthodox church (which is where I was first acquainted with its use), and can be seen in medieval Catholic churches. Not sure if the Catholics still use it to this day, but I know that the Orthodox certainly do. For more on this, take a look at this link.

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The Peacock is the symbol of the Supreme God of the Yazidi people of the Middle East. The history of the Yazidi people included taking in the Christians that were being persecuted by Muslims. Christians and the Yazidis became very close and you can see the symbol of their peacock God in the Catholic church. Furthermore, the Yazidis believe in Jesus and reverence him highly.

The Peacock is the symbol for the fallen angel, Lucifer. The other Yazidi name for the Peacock God is Melek Taus, or Taus Melek. Melek can be spelled a number of ways, one in particular is Moloch. The old testament speaks about the Israelits that cast their children through the fire of Moloch. The bible warns them of this evil practice. Moloch was a God to the Ancient Jewish community. Moloch is a horned God with the head of a bull and the body of a man. The priests of the community would toss infants and children into the fire pit of Moloch.

This custom is reinacted in a mock ritual of the fire of Moloch annually among the elites of American politicians and members of government. This gathering is an annual party in Northern California, in a redwood forest called Bohemian Grove. President Nixon mentions it by name and Jack London was also a member. The ancient practice has it's origin from Babylonia and is a form of Paganism. I hope this answered the question.

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Welcome! We're glad you are here, but this answer would be much stronger if you showed, with sources, that it doesn't merely reflect your opinion. I hope you'll take a minute to review how this site is different from others, and better understand how your answer can be supported. – Nathaniel 5 hours ago
    
Welcome to Christianity.SE. For a quick overview of what this site is about, please take the Site Tour. Thanks for offering an answer. However, since this is a site about Christianity, answers should focus on the beliefs of Christian groups and denominations. Even if the Yazidi people do honor Christ, they do not consider themselves to be Christians. So most of your answer is not on-topic on here, and much of the material, especially toward the end, is entirely tangential and off-topic. – Lee Woofenden 3 hours ago

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