In Christian symbolism the pelican becomes an example of the sacrifice and the self-giving – an emblem for Christ. According to tradition the poults are strangled by a snake, which stands for Satan. The blood of the pelican awakens them to life – similar to God who after fall of man redeems him on the cross. In the middle ages another tradition is known in which the pelican dies of exhaustion, while feeding the poults with his own blood. In the blood of Christ shed for man, he finds eternal life.