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Understanding Cemetery Symbols: What does a lotus flower represent? #cemetery #history #GraveHour

Understanding Cemetery Symbols by Tui Snider

[The following is an adapted excerpt from my book, Understanding Cemetery Symbols. I hope you enjoy it! Also, full disclosure: that’s an Amazon affiliate link. If you buy my book after clicking it, I make a few pennies at no additional cost to you.]

Lotus flower: an Ancient Egyptian symbol

The lotus flower, also known as the water lily, is an important ancient Egyptian symbol.Since the lotus blooms during the day but closes at night, it symbolized the cycle of life and death. Egyptian columns are often topped with a lotus leaf, as you can see in the photos I shared here.

(c) Tui Snider - water lily a.k.a. lotus flower
(c) Tui Snider – water lily a.k.a. lotus flower

Christians use the lotus flower as a symbol

When adopted by Christians, the lotus refers to the resurrection and eternal life. Like other members of the illy family, this flower also symbolizes purity and innocence.

(c) Tui Snider - Egyptian style columns are often topped with lotus flower designs.
(c) Tui Snider – Egyptian style columns are often topped with lotus flower designs.

 

Sacred symbol for Buddhists, too

The lotus is also a sacred flower to Buddhists. In Buddhism, the lotus bud stands for human potential. If shown with eight petals, it stands for cosmic harmony. If shown with an abundance of petals, it stands for spiritual revelations.

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Tui Snider is an author, speaker, and photographer who specializes in quirky, haunted, and downright bizarre destinations. As she puts it, “I used to write fiction – but then, I moved to Texas!” Snider's writing and photography have been featured in a variety of publications, including Coast to Coast AM, FOX Travel News, LifeHack, Langdon Review, the City of Plano, Wild Woman Waking, Shades of Angels and more. Snider’s award-winning books include Paranormal Texas, The Lynching of the Santa Claus Bank Robber, and Unexpected Texas. Snider has several more books in progress, including a Field Guide to Cemetery Symbols and a book about the Great Texas Airship Mystery of 1897. Tui has worn a lot of hats in her life – literally – and is especially fond of berets. She enjoys connecting with writers and readers all over the globe through social media, her newsletter and her website: TuiSnider.com.
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