Thursday, March 06, 2008


Myths, folklore, and symbolism:
swallow: As a regularly returning migratory bird, it often symbolizes spring, light, and fertility. Its nesting on houses was considered propitious. In the middle ages it was a resurrection symbol because it returns after the passing of winter and because it could supposedly impart sight to its young by using the sap of the celadine (just as God could make the dead see again on the Day of Judgment). (Herder)

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