The Egyptian Lotus

A good friend of mine posted a video a couple of weeks ago on something called the lotus , which turned out to be a chinese “smart” toilet seat ! YES a toilet seat and it’s called the lotus ! I’ll post for you here the video , the comments [ including mine ] , and I’ll explain;

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isa…

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nice toilet, chinese !!

Sunday October 28, 2007 – 04:55pm (CST)

Tééna♥

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hmmm? Prince huh? would i dress like Beyonce’? LOL

whoa…that’s chinese!! cool.

Monday October 29, 2007 – 10:03am (CET)

Cyber…

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gooood, does it really do that?

Monday October 29, 2007 – 11:18am (CET)

♥.•´ … [ME]

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Hmmmm ! I thought I commented here yesterday ! I guess yahoo is still acting up on us ,lol,well in case it’s not there–I thought this “smart seat” thingy is interesting ! lol,and I was wondering why was it called the lotus ?!!
And medically speaking-I don’t really think it’s a good idea to get an enema each time you go !!!
You didn’t say what you think !

Wednesday October 31, 2007 – 02:13pm (EET)

Sheila

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Hello Denis
Thanks for dropping by and for asking. I’m still kicking. I thought I should drop by today to see how my friend is doing.

That’s cool vids. Visitations to China’s toilets got to be the most interesting package on my few trips to the mainland. Never a moment visits without the giggles and laughters. Exciting and exhilarating. Today, this viewing of the vid brought forth new light to the toilet scene of China. More power to China!

Thanks for sharing them. Take care my friend.xxx

Saturday November 3, 2007 – 05:42pm (SGT)

Sheila

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Did someone asked why is it called ‘Lotus’? Well, I’m not going to make a wild guess on this. But let your creative juices flow, folks. 🙂

Saturday November 3, 2007 – 05:43pm (SGT)

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Well now — Of course my question was ( Obviously I thought ) a Rhetorical one ! like why the heck is it called the lotus ?! as ( I – a doctor ) ! \ we all surely understand\know what she was pointing out ! lol

and if you don’t feel that your creative juices are flowing yet folks I can further explain…

The lotus (Nelumbo nucifera) is known as the “king of flowers” and it symbolizes goodwill, peace, prosperity and happiness.The Lotus flower has always been a powerful symbol of spiritual enlightenment in the mythologies of Egypt.

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Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket Lotus. (top left) Ancient Egyptian lotus-bud. (top right) Ancient Egyptian stylized lotus flower. (bottom left) Ancient Egyptian lotus flower. (bottom right) Ancient Greek lotus ornament consisting of stylized flower and buds:

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket [ Egyptian lotus motifs, fans, boats, and paddles.]

ISIS

Ancient Egyptian Goddess of healing and magic

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Lotus Blossom in relief. The Lotus blossom goes back to the creation mysteries in ancient egypt when Nefertum rose out of the primordial ocean seated on a Lotus blossom. It came to be the symbol of Upper Egypt in the south, while the Papyrus plant symbolized Lower Egypt in the North. Often the Lotus blossom and Papyrus stalk were shown twined together, a design motif that symbolized the unification of the two lands. Ultimately the Lotus became a symbol of spiritual Enlightenment-growing out of the mud of the Nile, it rises above the surface and faces the Sun.

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Papyrus & the lotus

Papyrus is a reed which grew abundantly along the banks of the Nile in Lower Egypt and, in fact, became the symbol for Ancient Lower Egypt. When looking at a cross section of the papyrus reed, it appears to be triangular in shape. The ancient Egyptians repeated this shape in many aspects of their life and artwork including the Pyramids at Giza. The reed itself served several purposes. The most familiar, is the paper on which to write. The Egyptians would cut the reeds into approximately eighteen inch sections, then roll or press the fiber of the reeds so as to eliminate the water and flatten the reed. The fibers were then laid side by side and a second layer either placed over the top at right angles or basket woven with the first layer. The sheet was placed between pieces of fabric and pressed between heavy stone slabs for six days. As the papyrus sheet dried, it became a substantial piece of paper for writing and painting. The oldest known books today are in the form of papyrus rolls. As mentioned, the papyrus had other uses as well. It was used for mattresses on beds, for building chairs, tables, and other furniture as well as for boats.

The lotus flower was the symbol of Upper Egypt and can be seen repeatedly in various hieroglyphics on tomb and temple walls and as the tall white crown worn by the king of Upper Egypt. It looked very much like a white bowling pin.

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at PhotobucketThe Blue Lotus

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket In this Egyptian cup from approximately 800 BC, we see the blue lotus motif common in Ancient Egyptian art. Above the distinctly triangular pointed petals are relief scenes showing the plant’s marshy habitat.

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at PhotobucketEgyptian hieroglyph depicting rebirth of the spirit from the center of a blue lotus.

Scholars have long noted the peculiar and ubiquitous presence of the blue lotus [the blue water-lily, Nymphaea caerulea, which was sometimes known as the blue lotus or sacred lotus. ] in Egyptian art. And everywhere that it appears in tomb or temple it is a potent and benevolent symbol: a face is gently pressed against the flower to inhale its pollen or to savor its scent; a goblet of a drink receives an infusion of crushed lotus flowers, the better somehow to enjoy the drink

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; bouquets are offered to pharaohs just as pharaohs offer them to other gods, reverently and with the certain knowledge that these flowers, rather than jewels, are fit offerings to divinity; a newborn Sun god emerges from a huge blue lotus which floats on the surface of the Nun, the pre-primordial Waters of infinite space and infinite time from which the Universe was born.

Scholars considered the lotus and concluded that as the Easter lily symbolized the Resurrection, and Poinsettia the Nativity, and a variety of plants represented sacred persons, qualities, or events, the blue lotus merely symbolized well-being and long life to the ancient Egyptians, possibly even the act of creation itself. And that was all there was to it.

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket A painted carving found in the corridor of Tutankhamun’s tomb shows the head of a young boy in a representation of the infant sun god, Nefertem, arising from the blue lotus which, itself, grew out of the primordial ocean.

Lotus Flower

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The lotus flower appeared in legends originating from ancient Egypt. It played an important part in ancient Egyptian religion. The pure white lotus flower, the only plant to fruit and flower simultaneously, emerges from the depths of the muddy swamp. Growing from the mud at the bottom of ponds and streams, the exquisite Lotus flower rises above the water and is usually white or pink with 15 or more oval, spreading petals, and a peculiar, flat seedcase at its center.

Sesen A Lotus Flower. This is a symbol of the sun, of creation and rebirth. Because at night the flower closes and sinks underwater, at dawn it rises and opens again. According to one creation myth it was a giant lotus which first rose out of the watery chaos at the beginning of time. From this giant lotus the sun itself rose on the first day. A symbol of Upper Egypt .The lotus flower played a prominent role in the version of the creation story that originated in Heliopolis. Before the universe came into being, there was an infinite ocean of inert water which constituted the primeval being named Nun. Out of Nun emerged a lotus flower, together with a single mound of dry land. The lotus blossoms opened, and out stepped the self-created sun god, Atum, as a child. A slightly different version of the creation story originated in Hermopolis. In that version, the sun god who formed himself from the chaos of Nun emerged from the lotus petals as Ra. The lotus is a flower which opens and closes each day. His history went on to say that the petals of the lotus blossom enfolded him when he returned to it each night.

The lotus flower has been featured extensively throughout the art of ancient Egypt. In various works of art, you may see it held in the hand of a god or human, serving as a border to outline a section of the artwork, unfolding to reveal various gods or humans, and many other depicti
ons. The ancient Egyptians from the 4th dynasty greatly valued the sacred lotus, in religious ceremonies and funerals. The ancient Egyptians developed the art of counting to a high degree. For example, the number 1,000 was symbolized by a picture of a lotus flower, and the number 2,000 was symbolized by a picture of two lotus flowers growing out of a bush.

Lotuses are 5 species of water lilies, three in the genus Nymphaea and two in Nelumbo; both genera are members of the water-lily family, Nymphaea lotus, the Egyptian white lotus, is believed to be the original sacred lotus of ancient Egypt. It and the Egyptian blue lotus, N. caerulea, were often pictured in ancient Egyptian art.

The common Egyptian “lotus” \ water lily: the white lotus opens at dusk, the blue water lilly opens in the morning.

The white lotus is a shallow-water, night-blooming plant with a creeping rootstock (rhizome) that sends up long-stalked, nearly circular, dark green leathery leaves, which float on the surface. The flowers, up to 25 cm (10 in) across, remain open until midday. The blue lotus is a smaller, less showy day-blooming plant.

The Lotus flower has for thousands of years symbolized spiritual enlightenment. Indeed, this flower essence’s purpose is to accelerate spiritual evolvement and enhance healing on every level within the system.

The blue lotus was native to the Nile and used to be abundant. Its narrow, pointed petals and round, spotted leaves appear as the more common lotus in every conceivable opportunity for Egyptian artistic imagery. Often the leaf spots are not shown, or even the leaf.

The white lotus’ rounded petals appear with round, scalloped edge leaves. The red lotus was introduced to Egypt from Persia in later dynasties.

Traditional or Historical Uses:Provides a relaxing, euphoric sensation. May help relieve muscle spasms. For some, it may act as an aphrodisiac. Egyptian Blue Lotus is a sedative, antispasmodic, and ethnogen.

COMMON NAMES: Blue Lotus, Egyptian Lotus, Blue Water Lily, Sacred Narcotic Lily of the Nile It is Nymphaea caerulea (blue lotus) which was used in ancient Egypt as a key to good health, and rebirth.


CULTIVATION: Nymphaea caerulea flowers in the spring should be planted in sunny positions in medium or clay loam.

HABITAT: Grows along lakes and rivers in wet soil.

INFORMATION:Represented in ancient Egyptian art. The blue lotus was found scattered over Tutankhamen’s body when the Pharaoh’s tomb was opened in 1922. Many historians thought it was a purely symbolic flower, but there may be some reason to believe that ancient Egyptians used it to induce an ecstatic state, stimulation, as well as being widely used as a general remedy against illness, and to this day is used as a tonic for good health, consumed as an extract,.

NEFERTEM

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God of the primeval lotus blossom, who is represented by the blue lotus. His name had the notion of ‘perfection’. Nefertem was usually depicted as a man with a lotus-flower headdress, sometimes with the addition of two plumes and two necklace counterpoises, which are symbols of fertility through their connection with Het-Hert (Hathor). Since the sun was believed to have arisen from a lotus, Nefertem was linked with the sun-god, as described in the Pyramid Texts utterance 266 as ‘the lotus blossom which is before the nose of Re’, probably an allusion to the use of this scented flower by guests at banquets and making Nefertum the god of fragrance.

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2 Comments »

  1. Southern comfort-Lady Ya-Ya Christina W Said:

    Beautiful Lotus Flowers! Interesting about the toilet.?!

  2. ♥.•´ ♥ New Doc ♥.•´ ♥. Said:

    Didn’t I just tell you to go get some sleep ?! What are you still doing poking around here ?! lol


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