• Category: Butterfly Clipart
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  • Date: December 16, 2017

(Greek psyche, Latin papilio) A symbolic creature in many cultures, standing in some contexts for beauty and metamorphosis and in others for the transitory nature of happiness. The miracle of its successive life stages, of metamorphosis from the larval existence of the plodding caterpillar to the delicate beauty of the butterfly, has moved us deeply, becoming a metaphor for the transformations undergone by our own souls this is one source of our hope that we may one day leave behind our terrestrial prison and ascend into the eternal light of the heavens [AeppliJ. This is why butterflies often adorn old tombstones. (See symbols of DEATH. ) As its Greek name indicates, the butterfly, like the BIRD, is an analogue for the human soul (another meaning for the Greek word psyche). In its flightiness it resembles elves, genies, and cupids. Pixies, like dream or fantasy figures, are often depicted with butterfly wings, as is HYPNOS (Latin SOMNUS), the god of sleep. In depictions of the earthly PARADISE, the soul placed by the Creator in Adam is sometimes shown as having such wings. In Japan the butterfly is a symbol of young womanhood two butterflies dancing about one another mean marital happiness. In China, on the other hand, the insect symbolizes a young man in love and is portrayed drinking from the (female) FLOWERS and blossoms however, if the woman he loves dies, she may be represented coming out of her grave as a butterfly. In combination with the PLUM, the butterfly symbolizes longevity and beauty when used punningly (tieh is the word for seventy hu-tieh, for butterfly) it expresses the wish that the recipient might reach the age of 70 (and is often paired with a cat, mao, which is also the word for eighty). In ancient Mexico the butterfly (in Aztec papalod, suggestive of the Latin papilio) was one of the attributes of Xochipilli, the god of vegetation, but also symbolized flickering firelight and was associated with the SUN. The goddess Itzpapalot!, a butterfly surrounded by STONE knives (itzli) , was a night spirit associated with fiery STARS and also a symbol of the souls of women who had died in childbirth. There is a line of Japanese poetry expressing sorrow over the lost pleasures of the past, a response to the maxim, The fallen blossom never returns to the branch I thought that the blossom had returned to the branch-alas, it was only a butterfly.

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