flowers and trees of Buddhist culture in Yunnan, China
BUDDHIST BAUHINIA: Bauhinia variegata candida
GOLDEN LOTUS BANANA: Musella lasiocarpa
SORROWLESS TREE: Saraca dives
flowers in Buddhist culture
The rarest and most precious of sacred flowers of the Dai and Bulang
ethnic minorities of Southern Yunnan is the GOLDEN LOTUS (Musella lasiocarpa).
Musella is an endemic dwarf banana species of the area and is truly
stunning in its appearance. Its resemblance to Lotus and its wonderful
golden color have made it a truly special plant for Buddhist although
it is difficult to find.
The plant prefers mountain areas with a distinct winter season.
The Buddhist temple below has imitated the Golden Lotus flower and shape
of the plant quite closely in its architecture:
The Dai people are telling a story about Musella lasiocarpa. The Golden
Lotus plant to them is the embodiment of the 7th Fairy. When She speaks,
Her mouth is full of Golden Lotus; and She is also the embodiment of
charm and kindness. The Golden Lotus is the symbol of the holy, the
noble and the auspicious.
In the love songs of the Dai folks, the young girls like to describe
young men as Golden Lotus. On the day of their wedding ceremony, they
believe it is a day when the "Golden Lotus goes to Heaven".
It seems that the peculiar shape of the Golden Lotus flower has triggered
the phantasies of the young girls...
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