Hindu: Yama, god of the dead, has birds such as owls and doves or pigeons as messengers.
Islam: The Three Holy Virgins are represented by stones, or pillars surrounded by Doves.
Japanese: the Dove was sacred to Hackiman, the god of war, but it was a Dove with a sword that announced the end to war.
Chinese: In China, Doves are symbolic of good digestion, marital duty, and long life.
Pagans: The Dove has been widely understood as a symbol of conjugal affection and fidelity, because of the affectionate mating habits of the species popularly known as turtledoves.
Motherhood and Femininity:Doves are sacred to all Great Mothers and Queens of Heaven and depict femininity and maternity; often two Doves accompany the Mother Goddess.
Greek Myth: In ancient Greek myth, it was the Dove was the bird of Athena which represented the renewal of life.
According to European superstition, the devil and witches can turn themselves into any bird shape except the Dove.