Since these spider Lilies usually bloom near cemeteries around the autumnal equinox, they are described in Chinese and Japanese translations of the Lotus Sutra as ominous flowers that grow in 地 獄(also known as Hell), and guide the dead into the next reincarnation. A famous legend is of two elves: 曼 珠, who guarded the flower, and 沙 華 who guarded the leaves. Out of curiosity, they defied their fate of guarding the herb alone, and managed to meet each other. At first sight, they fell in love ♥ with each other. G.O.D, exasperated by their waywardness, separated the miserable couple, and laid a curse on them as a punishment: the flowers of 曼 珠 shall never meet the leaves of 沙 華 again. It was said that when the couple met after death in hell , they vowed to meet each other after reincarnation. However, neither of them could keep their words. ♥
Some other legends have it that when a person sees someone that they may never meet again, these flowers, also called red spider lilies, would bloom along the path. Perhaps because of these sorrowful legends .
"I forget, tell me again what do you want you'll be close, not close enough not close enough for my kind of heart you say words you can't take back used to be love now it's words hard to look at hard to look at with the lights on in your head it must not sound so bad or why would you say it when you know I feel it"
i just read the John Green's book "the fault in our stars" a m a z i n g !
Thank you for naming this flower and explaining it's myth. ♥
For several years now, I've been periodically seeing it here and there in various artworks and media, and heard of its connection with death and hell, but I never could get anyone to tell me what the flower was called. I'm happy to finally know.
Yes I know the meaning of the flower. I studied Japanese religion in my master's program and was always fascinated with this flower, especially how it is associated with hell. I love Japanese myths and stories, especially those surrounding nature like the moon, sun, formation of the continent of Japan, etc.
I don't mind the meaning of the flower. It is beautiful in its own way. I may also associate it with the fact that I will never meet with my brother again since he passed this year.
I like this piece in particular because of the gentleness of all the colors and how elegant a flower which is associated with hell can look. I have always loved this flower for some reason. Maybe because it isn't trying to show off with brilliant colors and big petals.
I did a study abroad in Fukui for one year and taught English for 2 years in Okayama. Now I am back in America, I just received my Master's degree in Japanese Pedagogy and I am looking for a job to teach Japanese now.
I really appreciate your work. It's always very beautiful.
This is only my personal and very subjective opinion and I hope it won't ruin your opinion about it (because I really don't like do such things to the people) but I find it so artificial and it's too sweet and flat for me my friend had a brain tumor and died this January maybe that's why or maybe I'm too cynical about the world but I think that if you liked it you should cherish this feeling, really and don't listen to someone as bitter about it as me