There is no exact definition for any symbol;
each symbol is open to
interpretation and birds are no exception to this. Their symbolism can
vary greatly depending on different cultures and religion. The Crane is
generally thought to be a symbol of maternal love and happiness.
Many cultures consider the Crane to be a symbol of communication and
specifically believe that the Crane is a messenger of the gods. The
Greeks and Romans believed the Crane to be a symbol of spring
and light and the bird was sacred to Apollo.
definition of a Crane is a wading bird with a long neck and legs and
a long straight bill. There are fifteen different species of crane
Crane Symbol -
In China, the Crane is seen as messenger from the gods
Some parts of Africa and North America see the Crane as a symbol
that is associated with wisdom
The Red-crowned Crane is also commonly known as the Japanese
Crane and is a symbol of luck, longevity and fidelity
Native American men perform the Crane dance dressed in feathers
and ceremonial outfits in order to impress a potential wife
Cranes fly with their necks outstretched and not pulled back
like other birds
The Crane sleeps on one leg with its head under its wing and its
other leg drawn up to its body
The Crane is believed to be a symbol of fidelity as it usually
mates for life
The mechanical 'Crane' is named after a Crane due it its close
resemblance to the bird!
Crane dances are amazing! During the dance, the crane bows,
throws its heads back and forth and can even trumpet, throw
stones and feathers high in the air. While dancing the crane
leaps up and parachutes back down again on its broad wings! This
display is usually done in order to attract a mate
In Japan the Crane is a symbol of the 'Honorable Lord Crane'
In China the crane is the symbol for 'Patriarch of the feathered
tribe' and a go between for the soul travelling from earth to
In Japan, the Crane is a mystical creature. A thousand paper
origami cranes are traditionally given by the bride or grooms
father as a wedding gift to wish the couple a thousand years of
happiness and prosperity. The paper cranes are also often given
to a new baby wishing it long life and good luck. According to
ancient Japanese legend, anyone who folds a paper crane will be
granted a wish
The Sarus Crane is the tallest of all the flying birds
Crane Symbol - Christian Significance
book called a Bestiary had allegorical descriptions of real and
fabled animals including the Crane. These books were often full
of symbolism and contained a moral or religious lesson or allegory.
A Bestiary reflected the belief that the world itself was the Word
of God, and that every living creature had its own special meaning.
The Aberdeen Bestiary which was written in the 12th Century contains
the following information regarding the Crane as a religious
The sentinel crane represent those who provide goods for others
in common, and watch over the obedience of their brothers,
protecting them from devils and the incursions of this world.
The stone held in the claw is Christ; the claw, the disposition
of the mind, so that the one who stands guard over himself or
others should carry the stone of Christ in his mind. If such a
man falls asleep in sin, Christ the stone will fall from his
mind. Then he must cry out by means of confession.
The change of color in old age refers to the elderly when they
repent of their sins.
Crane Symbol -
Seeing a crane in your dream, represents happiness, maternal
love, and your gestures of good will. You look out for those who
are near and dear to you.
- Significance of Bird Symbol
explanation of dreams involving birds in general is taken from the book entitled 'Dream
Dictionary (10,000 Dreams Interpreted - by Gustavus Hindman Miller)':
It is a favorable symbol in a dream to see birds of beautiful plumage. A
wealthy and happy partner is near if a woman has dreams of this
Moulting and song less birds, could denote merciless and inhuman
treatment of the outcast and fallen by people of wealth
To see a wounded bird, is a symbol of fateful of deep sadness caused by
To see flying birds, is a symbol of prosperity to the dreamer. All
disagreeable environments will vanish before the wave of
To catch birds, is not at all bad. To hear them speak, is owning
one's inability to perform tasks that demand great clearness of