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Symbol of Purity

 

Consider the lily. This bulbous plant also has a flowery history. Century-old paintings of lilies have been found on the island of Crete. This time period has later been indicated as the time of the Minoan civilization. For the Assyrians, the lily was a holy flower. These same Assyrians used lilies for medicinal and cosmetic purposes. Crushed lily bulbs would cure infections, and the flower petals were mixed with honey to remove facial wrinkles.

According to a Greek legend, the lily was created from drops of milk that the Goddess Hera spilled while feeding her child Hercules. In the Middle Ages, the lily was considered a symbol of purity. The white lily still holds this symbolic meaning in religious ceremonies such as weddings and funerals.