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Flower Symbolism in Chinese Culture
Transcript of Flower Symbolism in Chinese Culture
in Chinese Culture Maddy Heffron
16 October 2012 Flowers in the Chinese culture are very important to everyday life. They represent characteristics, methods, and seasons. If the Chinese did not have flowers, their culture would be very different. The most important flowers in Chinese culture are; Chrysanthemum, Lily, Iris, Lotus, Magnolia, Orchid, Peony and Narcissus. "Blooming Garden." northraleighflorist.wordpress.com. Web. 12 Oct. 2012. Chrysanthemums are the most resepected flower in the Chinese culture because of the way they bloom ("Flowers in Chinese Culture"). They are associated with the ninth month of the old Chinese calendar and symbolizes autum, long life, duration and mobility (Wolfram 63). The white and light yellow Chrysanthemums are only used at funerals ("Chinese Flowers"). "Chrysanthemum Flower+%." pphotography-blog.blogspot.com, Web. 15 Oct. 2012." Chrysanthemum Lily The day-lily is supposed to be the plant that helps you forget your troubles. It is given to a women on the ocassion of her marriage or on her birthday (Wolfram 163). "Lily+2.jpg." hdflowerwallpaperfree.blogspot.com, Web. 15 Oct. 2012." Iris Irises are effective in repelling evil spirits, especially on the fifth day of the fifth month, when irises are hung up on doors. Eating irises are a way of prolonging your life (Wolfram 163). "Iris+flowers+%282%29.jpg" shoaibnzm2.blogspot.com, Web. 15 Oct. 2012." Lotus The lotus or the sea-rose is of alomst unique importance in chinese folklore and symbolism, thanks largely, to the Buddhist influence (Wolfram 168). It is the symbol of purity and one of the eight Buddhist precious things (Wolfram 168). They are also believed to have the abiding quality of divinity ("Flowers in Chinese Culture"). "LotusFlower.jpeg." ndsu.edu, Web. 15 Oct. 2012." Magnolia Symbolises a beautiful woman, though sometimes it is replaced by the peony. It is also known as the flower warrior-maiden who joined the army to make a successful military carrer for herself or Mulan (Wolfram 174). "magnolia-flower-3.jpg." stirinoi.com, Web. 15 Oct. 2012." Orchid It symbolizes signifigance of the orchid has to its scent. It is usually a dwelling-place of a young girl or the bedroom of a married couple (Wolfram 219). "orchid-flower-14.jpg" flowerinfo.org, Web. 15 Oct. 2012." Peony Known as "the Queen of Flowers, the emblem of wealth and distinction. It symbolizes young girls who are distinguished by their beauty (Wolfram 232). The peony also symbolized prosperity, happiness and peace. At a material level, it represents wealth and rank ("Flowers in Chinese Culture"). In China, its' fragrance is considered heavenly and the flower is believed to be a divine descent ("Flowers in Chinese Culture"). "pink-peony.jpg." spiritblogger.wordpress.com, Web. 15 Oct. 2012." Narcissus The flower is believed to have occult value. It is used for exorcism to rout out evil spirits. It is also believed to bring people back to life (Flowers in Chinese Culture"). "narcissus-flower-13.jpg." flowerinfo.org, Web. 15 Oct. 2012."