As well as being an important symbol, second only to the mythical Phoenix in the practice of Feng Shui, the elegant and leggy Crane is a bird associated with the traditions of many ancient and modern cultures.
Its image is identified back to ancient times.
Mythology surrounding this bird is widely spread throughout the world and is found in the history of Greek, Arabic, Chinese, Vietnamese, Japanese and Native North American cultures.
In ancient Greece the Crane was said to be the bird of the God Apollo, the God of the Sun who would disguise himself as a Crane when visiting the world of mortals.
In Europe Cranes are associated with awareness and devotion.
Some Native American Tribes associate the Crane with good luck, peacemaking, leadership and speaking skills.
In Japan the Crane is given the title ‘Bird of Happiness.’
There is some disagreement as to whether the Crane is monogamous. Whatever the truth however, traditionally they are seen as representations of fidelity and faithfulness.
Japanese brides often have the image of a Crane depicted on their wedding kimono.
In Vietnam the Crane is frequently portrayed in paintings with the tortoise, as both are said to enjoy long lives, therefore signifying longevity.To the Chinese the Crane signifies longevity and in traditional paintings is shown together with the pine tree, bamboo, and the peach; all identified with long life.
The painting of a Crane against a background of the sun signifies the desire to attain social recognition.
Ancient Chinese interpreted the white plumage of the Crane as a sign of purity; its red cap representing the element of fire or vitality which is also a sign of fame and recognition.
The Chinese see this majestic bird as the bird of immortality. He symbolises happiness and smooth flight; a smooth path through life.
As well as inside the home an image of the Crane is auspicious when displayed in the garden, inviting longevity and good health luck for the family.
As in much of the bird world the Crane loves to dance, especially when looking to attract a mate.
However, historically it has been observed that they also appear to dance for the pure joy and pleasure of it and if this is true it is something that is unique among the bird world.
Displayed in the East, which represents the location of health and well-being, is representative of peace, good health and long life for the family, especially older members of the household and the sons of the family.
Placed in the South of the home the Crane will bring opportunities; in the West it signifies good luck for the children of the home and in the Northwest the Crane will bring positive benefits to the male of the family.
The image of the Crane in a painting together with the peony signifies prosperity and longevity and displayed with the lotus flower is said to bring peace, contentment and opportunities.
This is an auspicious symbol to display in the home either as an image or in a painting and wherever it is presented it will bring good fortune to the home.
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