Aleteia

Religious symbolism

The many meanings of salt in the Bible

A fundamental necessity of life, salt has been used since ancient times for many different purposes, and is heavily loaded with spiritual meaning.

Ostriches have a special place in African Christian monastic symbolism

Coptic Egyptian monks saw the ostrich, considered a symbol of stupidity in various parts of the ancient world, in a radically different way.

The meaning of doves in the Bible

Of all the ancient Mediterranean symbols the Christian church adopted, the dove was probably the most frequently repeated in liturgical art.

The spiritual inspiration behind this rare photo of Queen Elizabeth

Not everyone knows the religious meaning behind this iconic image of the queen.

The meaning (and the legendary story) of an early Christian symbol

The Chi-Rho symbol is a superimposition of the first two letters (XP) of the Greek word for Christ, ΧΡΙΣΤΟΣ.