Turtle doves have been used by humans in many ways. For some, they signify love. Others consume turtle dove’s meat while some others find it apt for sacrifices. These birds spend their winters in Africa and breed in Europe, Asia or the Middle Eastern countries. They were quite popular among humans who domesticated them early on as they were easy to tame.
There is a close association between true lovers and Turtle Doves. These birds stay with their partners for their lifetime. Hence, they symbolize loyalty and faith. The Old Testament refers to this bird in ones of its best, oldest and famous love poems. They have also been commonly referred in classical and modern literary and poetic works by Edmund Spenser, Shakespeare as well as Buddy Holly.
References to these birds are also quite common in some popular folk songs that deal with the topic of faithful love. The writers believed that even if one person dies, the other mated survivor would not seek a new partner.
Turtle Doves also make a significant reference in the context of Christmas. It is believed that when Mary and Joseph come to Jerusalem after Christ’s birth, they sacrificed two of these birds. Many other bible tales also refer to the sacrifices of these birds in the Christian tradition. This was started by Moses according to many historical references.
Though Turtle Doves are tasty to the palette, many people do not consume these birds these days. However, their strong links to Christmas still make them a popular choice on the second day of Christmas.
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