Dove

CatholicSaints

Marysville, United States

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Rather than being associated with love as it is in the West the Chinese association of the dove is with long life and fidelity as doves pair for life.

It is also revered for taking great care of its young.

A jade scepter 玉杖 yù zhàng with a figure of a dove on it was given to people who reached the age of seventy.

The sceptre was also known as the ‘dove staff’ 鸽杖 gē zhàng.

In the countryside youngsters used to attach small wooden whistles to the tail feathers of doves and pigeons so that they gave out a whistle when they flew, just as with kites.

Admonitions concerning the dove include 饮鸠止渴 Yǐn jiū zhǐ kě
To quench one’s thirst with poisoned wine. The blood of the dove was considered poisonous.

To take reckless action regardless of the consequences

Don’t cut off your nose to spite your face

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