SYMBOLISM. Lotus flower

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The Lotus flower meaning is shared across several cultures.

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The Lotus slowly emerges from a pond or muddy water over a three day period and then blooms in the morning until mid-afternoon.


As the flower retreats back into the water during the hours of darkness, to rise again at dawn and is therefore sometimes seen as a symbol of death and rebirth.

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In Buddhism, the lotus flower rising and blooming above the murk to symbolizes enlightenment and spiritual awakening. It can also represent purification of the spirit and faithfulness.

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The many different colors have come to be associated with  different aspects of Buddhism.

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Blue- victory of spirit over wisdom.

The blue flower (actually a form of water lily not lotus) also contains a psychotropic substance called apromorphine. In Greek mythology, the ‘lotus eaters’ lived in a state of hedonistic bliss brought about by eating the seeds.

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White- state of mental purity

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Purple- the eight fold path

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Pink – considered to be the true lotus

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Red – associated with love and compassion

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In Hinduism, the lotus flower meaning is associated with beauty, fertility, prosperity, spirituality, and eternity. It is considered to represent a wise and spiritually enlightened quality in a person.


In Egypt the flower related to rebirth and the sun , as the bloom retreats back into the water during the night

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The flower is also one of the eight auspicious symbols within Chinese and Tibetan iconography

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The tight bud of the flower is symbolic of the universe

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The 4 elements can be seen within the lotus. The seed (earth) Awakened by the sun (fire) The blossom exists in the air & lives within water.

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I create under the name ‘ Punctured Artefact’ 


I have used the lotus motif in my work.

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