Post by Craig Winchell Post by D.M. Procida
I'm speaking of biblical Judaism particularly - the peacock appears a
few times in the scriptures, but not with really important role so far
as I can tell.
It's a nonkosher bird. There's a list of nonkosher birds in the Torah, and
a word we associate with the peacock is on the list.
I thought all domesticated fowl were kosher; clearly not.
Anyway, I thought there might be some more specific thing going on with
the peacock. In Leonard Cohen's song "Story of Isaac" there is the line
"The peacock spreads his fan" at the conclusion of a verse describing
slaughter and sacrifice in the name of unholy causes. There is a
tradition of the peacock as a symbol of vanity (as in a pointless and
futile display) descending from the Greeks, but I was hoping there might
be some more telling Judaic reference.