Whereever the Lotus has grown it has become a symbol the culture and believe of the people who live among them. It is the nature of the plant and it behaviour, let alone it beauty, that has seen it proliferate as a symbol through out the ancient world. Consumed in antiquity, effects of the alkaloids would be those of a psychedelic aphrodisiac
The white lotus of the Nile was worshipped in Ancient Egypt,appearing in decorations and the plant itself in tombs. In Ancient Greece it symbolised innocence and modesty. In Buddhism the lotus flower is one of the “Eight Auspicious Symbols” and symbolises of purity of mind and spirit and ‘spontaneous’ generation.
What the Lotus symbolises to the Egyptians
Strength and Power
Renewal and Creation/Creativity
The association with creation “myths” and reincarnation or rebirth is due to the flower closes and sinking underwater at night, and rising and opening at dawn. According to one creation myth it was a giant lotus which first rose out of the watery chaos at the beginning of time. From this giant lotus the sun itself rose on the first day. A symbol of Upper Egypt.
The number 1,000 in ancient Egyptian numerals is represented by the symbol of the white lotus. The related hieroglyph is :