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The peacock is a protective and powerful bird. Much mystery and mysticism surround this magnificent creature. This special animal touches many cultures, from the Native American to the Egyptians, Hindus, Greek Mythology, and even Christianity.

To the Native Americans, the peacock most closely describes the phoenix - the bird who dies in the fires of life and is ressurrected from its own flames and ashes - and thus is related to immortality. It is also seen as a symbol of fertility and potency. Due to the many eyes in its feathers, it is also associated with wisdom, visions, and heightened watchfulness.

The Egyptians seem to have the most correlations for the peacock. It was linked to the worship of the sun god, Amon-Ra, held sacred (second only to the ibis) for its ability to destroy poisonous snakes, and associated with the all seeing eye of Horus.

For the Hindus, it was associated with hindra, the god of thunder who transformed into a peacock to escape the demon Ravana, thus being endowed with 100 eyes.

In Greek Mythology, the goddess Hera found the watchman, Argus, sleeping on duty. When he was killed, Hera placed his eyes on the peacock - her favorite bird.

Even in Christianity, the peacock is used to symbolize the death and resurrection of Jesus.