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June 17, 2013

Paintings with Auspicious Symbols II - Chrysanthemum and Frog

Chrysanthemum often called mums or chrysanths, are perennial flowering plants of the genus Chrysanthemum in the family Asteraceae which are native to Asia and northeastern Europe.

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It is one of the longevity or strengthened symbols in Chinese culture, which signify long lasting and has durability. Thus Love, success, commitments, luck - what you wish could last forever can be augmented by displaying these beautiful autumn flowers.

Vases are exceptionally auspicious symbols to have around the house since they signify "perpetual peace and harmony in the home". This is because the phonetic sound of the vase is "ping' which also means "peace". The vase is also one of the eight auspicious signs of Buddhism being one of the objects found on the footprints of Buddha.

One of the most popular words that is frequently rendered in calligraphy is the word that means Longevity. When the characters that are written are also auspicious words, those are usually regarded as good Feng Shui surround where we live....

The Chinese do not distinguish very clearly between the frog and the toad. But we do believe that the spawn of the frog falls from heaven, like dew, and that the spittle like white juice from the toad can be used very effectively as medicine.

Please view the Paintings with Auspicious Symbols I at: http://originalartstories.blogspot.com/2013/02/happy-lunar-new-year-painting-with.html



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