Stork

In Baltic mythology stork is a beloved one because it kills insects and reptiles: flies, mosquito, snakes and other malicious and poisonous creatures. There is a saying : “Vigilant as a stork in in a meadow”.  People build nests for storks in their homesteads with hope that this bird will choose it and will stay with them. It is said that storks bring happiness and prosperity to the families. Storks bring children as well. That corresponds to the fact that storks are migrant birds and they return when nature is awakening.

In Greek mythology stork is a bird of Hera, goddess who protected breastfeeding mothers.

In Christian symbolism storks are also good creatures (symbols of Christ) because they destroy snakes, thus they are anti-satanic animals and enemies of evil. It stands for the symbol of the Annunciation to Mary that she would bear a Christ child.

It was believed that storks were very devoted to their parents and they fed them as their children.

White stork is a national bird in Lithuania, Poland and Belarus. Stork eating snake is a symbol of the Hague, Netherlands. It is also an iconic emblem of Alsace, France.

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