by Pamela Kirkham
Painting - Acrylic On Canvas
Who among us has never been captivated by these mystical creatures? In 12th century Japan, it was believed that fireflies were the ghosts of ancient Minamoto and Tiara warriors. Once a year, on the anniversary of that historic battle, thousands of caged fireflies are released over the Uji River at night for the spiritual re-enactment. Fireflies gravitate to Willow trees, believed to be the tree of the dead by the Japanese. This tree is the favorite of human ghosts. Any firefly could be a ghost - who knows? There is also an ancient belief that the soul of a person still alive many take the shape of a firefly. Fireflies are also revered by different Native American tribes, such as the Cherokee.
July 10th, 2020
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