SY5590 : The Pelican-in-her-Piety, St Mary's Church

taken 6 years ago, near to Litton Cheney, Dorset, Great Britain

The Pelican-in-her-Piety, St Mary's Church
The Pelican-in-her-Piety, St Mary's Church
In Christian art the pelican generally symbolises charity, but the phrase 'Pelican-in-her-Piety' has an interesting derivation. The word 'piety' here has the classical meaning of devotion to one's young. For many centuries it was thought that the pelican fed her off spring with her own blood, hence this representation. In fact, the bird transfers pre-masticated food to its young from a large bag under its beak.
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Date Taken
Sunday, 1 January, 2012   (more nearby)
Submitted
Saturday, 21 January, 2012
Geographical Context
Village, Rural settlement  Religious sites 
Place (from Tags)
Litton Cheney 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SY 5518 9072 [10m precision]
WGS84: 50:42.8623N 2:38.1718W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SY 5518 9072
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EAST (about 90 degrees)
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