What Does the Lamb Symbolize?

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The lamb is commonly used as a symbol for purity and sacrifice. Jewish, Christian and Muslim religions refer to the lamb as a sacrificial victim.

The cult of Dionysus was one of the first to use the lamb as a symbol. The cult regarded the lamb as a symbol for resurrection, tenderness and innocence. Cult members threw lambs into chasms to please Pylaochos, the “guardian of the infernal gate.”

Christianity uses the lamb as a symbol for peace and purity. It is often used as a moniker for Jesus Christ, as in “lamb of God,” “blood of the lamb” or “sacrificial lamb.”