The Most Divine Flowers on Earth: Symbolic Lotus Flowers Now in Bloom in China

    Two lotus buds closing at sunset in the Lotus Park in Luoyang on July 12, 2014. (Screenshot/Ecns.cn)A white lotus flower in bloom at the Lotus Park in Luoyang on July 12, 2014. (Screenshot/Ecns.cn)A pink lotus flower in the shade of lotus leaves at the Lotus Park in Luoyang on July 12, 2014. (Screenshot/Ecns.cn)A dragon fly perches on a pink lotus bud at the Lotus Park in Luoyang on July 12, 2014. (Screenshot/Ecns.cn)A pink lotus flower in bloom at the Lotus Park in Luoyang on July 12, 2014. (Screenshot/Ecns.cn)A pink lotus flower attracts a honey bee at the Lotus Park in Luoyang on July 12, 2014. (Screenshot/Ecns.cn)A petal-less lotus flower at the Lotus Park in Luoyang on July 12, 2014. (Screenshot/Ecns.cn)A white lotus flower in bloom at the Lotus Park in Luoyang on July 12, 2014. (Screenshot/Ecns.cn)A white lotus flower beginning to close at dusk at the Lotus Park in Luoyang on July 12, 2014. (Screenshot/Ecns.cn)

    Ancients saw how this perfect flower rose from the swamp and mud, and formed a divinely beautiful, spotless bloom. This kindled Buddhist belief that humans also need to rise up through the mud and dirt of the human world to become divine.

    The lotus also inspired the great Chinese philosopher Confucius: “I have a love for the lotus, while growing in mud it still remains unstained.”

    And so, the lotus became the symbol for purity, rebirth, and divinity for many religions, and for spiritually minded people.

    Nowadays, it’s also a favorite tattoo subject, and jewelry design for women.

    See the gorgeous photos of them in bloom at the Lotus Park in Luoyang in central China’s Henan Province on July 13. Lotus blooms are spectacular and fragrant, but usually only last around three days, so it’s a very special occasion at the park.

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