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The Legend of The Blessed Crane
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.
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.