Nowadays, most people using heart as a symbol of love. But in ancient times, there are various kinds of symbols to express their feelings towards one another. What are they?
- The Harp
The Harp is known as a symbol of love in the form of lyrical art, poetry and also music. In the past, King David play the Harp to the Lord in order to express his devotion and love.
Doves symbolized as a symbol of peace and deep love. They are considered to symbolize loyalty, devoted and loving birds as how they live. Doves often unable to survive when their partners died because they are so loyal to their partner. Meanwhile in Greek and Roman mythology, the dove was a sacred animal of love goddess Aphrodite or Venus. Doves are also often being used in Western wedding to symbolize ongoing love of couples.
In Roman mythology, Cupid is the God of desire, affection and erotic love. He is the son of goddess Venus and God Mars. Meanwhile in Greek version, he was named Eros and seen as one of the primordial gods (although other myths exist as well). Cupid was often depicted with wings, a bow, and a quiver of arrows. Cupid is also well known as an icon on Valentine’s Day. He is now in the current culture the personification of love and courtship in general.
Roses are ancient symbols of love and beauty. Rose means pink or red in a variety of languages, such as Romance languages, Greek, and Polish. The rose was sacred to a number of goddesses (including Isis and Aphrodite), and is often used as a symbol of the Virgin Mary. In the past, The Ancient Greeks and Romans identified the rose with their goddesses of love, Aphrodite and Venus. The red rose was eventually adopted as a symbol of the blood of the Christian martyrs. Roses also later came to be associated with the Virgin Mary.
- Maple Leaf
The Maple Leaf is well known as emblem of lovers in China and Japan. North American settlers used to place the maple leaves at the foot of their beds to ward off demons and encourage sexual pleasure as well as peaceful sleep. Meanwhile in the North American region, the stork can be observed weaving maple branches in nests. However, the maple became a symbol of the love found in welcoming a new child in the home. Just as the sweet as rich sap produces maple syrup, so the maple leaf serve as a love symbol as the maple leaf depicts the sweetness and wonder of love in every day life.