I love butterflies! They are a sign that spring is finally here. They are colorful, and simply beautiful! My sister and I always tried to catch butterflies and feed them with sugary water and then to release them back into nature again. My mother had this big flowery-bush in the garden that always attracted so many flowers. In the summer they gave us a nice show.
The butterfly has a different meaning in different cultures.
The (Mandarin) Chinese word for butterfly is “Hu-tieh”. “Tieh” Means “70 years”. So the butterfly has become a symbol for a long life. In the Japanese culture butterflies are through to be representative of young maidens. Many Japanese families use the butterfly in the family crest design.
In Germany, they have a very strange belief about butterflies. As butterflies can often be found flying about milk pails or butter churns they have become associated with witches trying to steal the cream. The German word for butterfly is: Schmetterling. Which is derived from the Czech word meaning: Cream.
In the Greek mythology, the butterflies link to the human soul. The Ancient Greeks also considered butterflies as the souls of those who had passed away. In Ancient Greek the word for butterfly is ‘Psyche’, which translated means ‘soul’.
Like a caterpillar we first appear all small. But as we grow older we change and our true beauty is revealed, like a butterfly. In the Christian religion, the metamorphosis a butterfly undergoes is symbolic of the spiritual evolution all Christians go through.
There is a small town in Mexico that also associate butterflies with souls. It is to this town that Monarch Butterflies migrate every year, around the holiday known as the Day of the Dead. The people of this town see these butterflies as the returning souls of the deceased.
In one of the Russian dialects, butterflies are referred to as “dushuchka” which is a derivative of the word “dusha” also meaning soul.
Butterflies symbolize: resurrection, transition, celebration, lightness, time and soul, change and rebirth. Wisdom and everlasting knowledge.