CH3WAH has released some more juicy information about their presentation First Love Yourself (F.L.Y.) for Trinidad Carnival 2013. Sections will include: the Macaw, the Emperor Butterfly and the Peacock.
If anyone desires a wish to come true they must first capture a butterfly and whisper their wish to it. Since a butterfly can make no sound, the butterfly can not reveal the wish to anyone but the Great Spirit who hears and sees all.
In gratitude for giving the beautiful butterfly its freedom, the Great Spirit always grants the wish. So, according to legend, by making a wish and giving the butterfly its freedom, the wish will be taken to the heavens and be granted.
There are many other legends surrounding the Peacock some religious and others mystical. Because the Peacock represented resurrection and re-birth and thus was very scared in medieval times, the most solemn oath in the days of the Knights of the Round Table was “Taken on the Peacock”. Or, in other words, the oath itself was taken with each individuals hands resting on the bird as they took their vow. In Islamic tradition and lore the Peacock was guardian of the Gates of Paradise. The Chinese equate the Peacock with divinity, rank, power and beauty and it was the symbol of the Ming Dynasty. Saint Augustine believed that the Peacock was incorruptible.
The priest who was named Yanauluha carried ever in his hand a staff which now in the daylight was plumed and covered with feathers – yellow, blue-green, red, white, black, and varied. Attached to it were shells, which made a song-like tinkle. The people when they saw it stretched out their hands and asked many questions.
Then the priest balanced it in his hand, and struck with it a hard place, and blew upon it. Amid the plumes appeared four round things-mere eggs they were. Two were blue like the sky and two dun-red like the flesh of the Earth-mother.