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KHAMITS {Egyptians}


  • Anybody who has taken a look at Khamitic {Egyptian} culture cannot fail to have noticed the significance of the meaning of the Lotus flower in their culture.

    In ancient Khamit {Egypt} there were two main types of lotus that grew, the white, and the blue (scientifically a waterlily, but symbolically a lotus). Further to this another type, the pink lotus flower was introduced into Khamit {Egypt} sometime during the late period of their civilization. If one is to observe the many Medu Netcher {hieroglyphics}, it is easy to see that the blue Lotus flower is the most commonly portrayed. 

  • This plant is known to be associated with rebirth. This is a consequence of it supposedly retracting into the water at the night, and emerging a fresh in the Sun the next day. The Khamits {Egyptians} therefore associated the lotus flower with the sun which also disappeared in the night, only to re-emerge in the morning. Therefore the lotus came to symbolize the Sun and the creation. In many Medu Netcher {hieroglyphics} works the lotus is depicted as emerging from Nun (the primordial water) bearing the Sun God.


    Another interesting fact about the lotus flower meaning to the Khamits {Egyptians} was the way that it was used as a symbol for the unification of the two Khamitic {Egyptian} kingdoms, that is to say the bonding of upper and lower Egypt. For a long time the lotus had been used in the Medu Netcher {hieroglyphics} and art of upper Egypt, whereas in lower  Egypt the Papyrus plant was notably in abundance. Therefore pictures of lotus and Papyrus that had grown up together and become inter-wound with each other came to be a symbol of the bringing together of the two kingdoms





    As Buddhism stems from a different part of the world to Egyptology, there are many more colors of lotus to be seen. So it is not too surprising that the many different colors have come to be associated with  different aspects of Buddhism. The main symbolism of the lotus flower and their meanings are given here.

  1. Blue Lotus: The blue Lotus is associated with a victory of the spirit over that of wisdom, intelligence and knowledge. If you get to see it a blue Lotus in Buddhist art you will notice that it is always depicted as being partially open and the centre is never observed.

  2. White Lotus: this color lotus is known to symbolize Bodhi (being awakened), and represents a state of mental purity, and that of spiritual perfection; it is also associated with the pacification of one’s nature. This lotus is considered to be the womb of the world.

  3. Purple Lotus: known to be Mystic and is associated with esoteric sects. It can be shown depicted as either an open flower or as a bud. The eight petals of the purple Lotus are representative of the noble eightfold path; one of the principal teachings of the Buddha. Following this path is thought to lead to self awakening, and is considered one of the noble truths.

  4. Pink lotus: this is the supreme lotus and is considered to be the true lotus of Buddha.

  5. Red lotus: this is related to the heart, and the Lotus flower meaning is associated with that of love and compassion.