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Divine Pelican

Q. 1. What is the symbolic meaning of the Divine Pelican?

A. 1. The origin of the Divine Pelican is found in medieval Europe. It is based on the belief that the pelican is a self-sacrificing parent who is ready to give its life in order to feed its young ones. In those days, the pelican was thought to be particularly attentive to her young, to the point of providing her own blood by wounding her own breast when no other food was available. As a result, the pelican came to symbolise the Passion of Jesus.

Consequently, Christ as the "loving Divine Pelican, is able to provide nourishment from His breast"

The image of the Divine Pelican became linked to the medieval religious Feast of Corpus Christi.

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