A lotus tattoo is another great example of the symbolism inherent in Japanese artwork. In both the Hindu and Buddhist religions, the lotus is the symbol of freedom from attachment. This refers again to the lotus being in perfect relationship with its surroundings – totally within the world without being mired or touched by it. Hindu scriptures describe the "lotus in the heart", the resting place of the soul. From this centre, like the petals of the lotus opening to the light of the sun, beams the light of the soul eternal. For the Egyptians, the lotus was a solar symbol. The spread and span of its petals were the sun’s rays, the giver of light and life. With each dawn, the petals opened, closed at night and opened again with the rising sun, representing rebirth and renewal. The seeds of the lotus can remain dormant in dry riverbeds for 200 years waiting for the rains, at which time the blossoms emerge from the mud radiant and unsullied. The lotus, as depicted in the lotus tattoo in the picture was regarded by early Egyptians as symbols of resurrection and life eternal. The lotus in its bud form was the symbol of the upper Kingdom of Egypt. Lotus wreaths were used in funerary ritual as rebirth symbols. In temples and on tombs, the gods and royalty were depicted holding the lotus in their hands.
Here we have a lotus tattoo. A pretty little flower with a butterfly that is either flying away from it or just coming down to land on it. While this was a well conceived idea I feel that the strange purple background takes away from it. It would look better without that but it matters not. A tat is there forever and once you got it you might as well like it.
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