The Buddhist sacred flower: lotus

Lotuses literally rise from the filthy mud to become beautiful flowers. For Buddhists, this is a sacred symbol reminding them to reach for the highest and remain pure in their mind, speech, and body. It is so important that it is the national flower of India, also representing beauty, serenity, rebirth, and the path to enlightment.

In Japan, their blooming is celebrated, and these pictures were taken among women beautifully dressed in traditional kimonos in Usuki, Kyushu.

Marcella

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