The origin of this symbolism in ancient china is attributed to the cicada making noises in paddy fields in summer. Each time farmers make a call, the cicada will call back louder. That is why it was regarded as "every request will definitely be fulfilled". It is the symbol of immortality, youthfulness and makes one's appearance always young forever. In ancient times, a piece of jade carved in the shape of cicada will be placed in the mouth of a corpse before burial as this is believed to immortalized the ancestor, giving the deceased a good life after death. Another great trade of it is having 5 eyes and its ability to detect any approaching enemies.The cicada is also a powerful symbol of protection from danger, enemies and unfaithful friends. If you are often being betrayed, the cicada will help you through by countering the enemies. Politicians and office workers in asia often keep on in their offices to protect themselves from falling victim to politics. For those in the business or corporate world, it is important to have the cicada image to protect against jealous competitors and colleagues. It is also being regarded as a symbol of good fortune because of its ability to sing throughout day and nite. Its never ending singing ability is the greatest emblem of unlimited energy. You may place the cicada in the east for longevity and health, or in the north and northwest for protection against politics in office.


Blogger Claire, said...


8/13/2008 10:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i loved this. my oldest son and i have been learning everything we can about cicadas for two summers, but we knew none of what youv'e just posted. we live in asia (japan) how could we have missed that?
this is lovely. thank you.

8/15/2008 8:12 AM  
Blogger Eileen W. said...

We are loving the cicadas as they sing away here. Great information!

8/15/2008 10:32 AM  
Blogger pen* said...

really interesting post and an absolutely stunning picture of the cicada (the first image is my favourite!)

8/15/2008 9:09 PM  
Blogger Jessie said...

only you could make a cicada look so beautiful.

thank you for teaching me about this jewel of an insect.

8/17/2008 7:40 AM  

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