The dove is one of those birds whose imagery seems universal. It is a symbol of hope, purity, and faith, and many people would never think to look any deeper into its complex and ancient past. But why the dove? How does a quiet, ground-feeding little bird come to evoke such potent imagery from culture to culture? Lesley Morrison, author of The Healing Wisdom of Birds, explains the long-standing symbolism of the dove and just why we should be paying attention.