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The Legend of The Blessed Crane

Updated on July 3, 2012

The Crane A Bird of Legend and Lore

The crane may be the oldest bird on earth, dating back sixty million years. It is associated with a long list of ancient customs and legends.

In many parts of the world, Cranes are regarded as a messenger of the gods. In ancient Egypt, legend says that a two-headed crane was once seen flying over the Nile, to announce a new age of joy and prosperity.

In Asian cultures, the Crane is associated with longevity, health, happiness, wisdom and good luck. Cranes mate for life and are often seen at Japanese weddings.


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origami crane

The Crane in Asian Lore

In traditional Asian cultures the Crane is associated with longevity, health, happiness, wisdom, peace and good luck.

In some legends it is said that the crane lives for a thousand years and a Crane's eggs were used in magic potions to grant eternal life upon its drinkers.

- Origami folded paper cranes are often placed at memorial parks to symbolize peace. Folded paper cranes are also given to the sick in the hope of a speedy recovery. It is also said that a 1000 folded paper origami crane can make your wishes come true.

- The White Crane is a Chinese symbol for "wisdom" and is sometimes called the "heavenly" or "blessed" Crane and can fly to the heavens..

- Birds in general, bring good luck when placed in the South facing side of your room. However the keeping of caged birds is bad Feng Shui, as this represents confinement and the stunting of growth.


Flying Cranes

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      reflectionhaiku 6 years ago

      Very noble birds - there are many literary works written with themes of cranes. Thanks for sharing -

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      Evelyn Saenz 6 years ago from Royalton

      I remember reading Sadaku and the Thousand Paper Cranes. That was my first introduction to cranes. What magnificent birds they are!

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      TransientTimes 6 years ago

      I watched a documentary called 'Moth Man'.... In the documentary they were saying that many people believed the mysterious creature was a mutated crane... Every time I see a crane I think of this..It's a great documentary, you should check it out sometime.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Yes they are beautiful but the stinkers ate all the fish in my pond !!! But, they are still beautiful though !!!

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      Tyla MacAllister 7 years ago

      I can understand why cranes are associated with blessings and good fortune. They are one of the most fascinating birds on Earth. When you see them walking on the ground it's hard to believe they are so graceful in flight.

      *The Blessed Crane has been blessed by a squidangel.*

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      The crane is such a regal looking bird in flight too, perhaps that is one reason they are revered.

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      AllyVuitton 7 years ago

      I'm always making cranes with origami, as it's really easy, and I'm half Jap. LOVE CRANES!