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Rose Symbolism in Western Culture(1)

By James Lawson,2014-05-29 10:31
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    Rose Symbolism in Western Culture

    The rose occurs throughout Western literature, primarily as a symbol of the passionate love between a man and a woman. The rose came originally from Persia. To the Arabs it was a masculine flower and a symbol of joy. To the Romans it was a symbol of Venus, the goddess of love, and to the Christians a symbol of the Virgin Mary (who was known as the Rosa

    Mystica---the mysterious rose). Medieval theologians

    attributed the origin of the rose to the drops of Christs blood

    falling on a thorn bush.

    The quality of love is signified by the color of the rose. A white rose represents innocent (nonsexual) love, a pink rose represents first love, and a red rose true love. The thorns of the rose are a reminder of human fallibility and guilt, since the roses in the Garden of Eden were said to have no thorns. In particular, they recall mankinds original sin.

    The best overview of given by Gabriel Tergit in Flowers

    Through the Ages (1961). Observing that the rose was

    desiccated to the goddess of love and thus to the mystery of life, Tergit argues that it naturally became a symbol of the rose is strengthened by the structure of the flower: the folded structure of the flower by its very nature, Tergit argues that it naturally

became a symbolic significance of the rose is strengthened by

the structure of the flower: the folded structure of the flower by

its very nature, Tergit suggests, conceals a secret inner core.

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