butterfly

General - A flying insect with large, beautifully. Coloured wings. (1) In the Baltic region a grey butterfly is said to be the soul of a dead person or of one sleeping. (2) In China, the butterfly (hu tieh) represents married happiness and longevity. (3) East Indian lore says that the soul of a sleeping person is held by a butterfly. (4) The Japanese say that butterflies carry human souls and are represented as tiny fairies. (5) In Mexico butterflies are regarded as souls of dead people. (6) In North America, Algonquin lore regards the butterfly as creator of the south wind. (7) Scottish lore has the butterfly in the role of a fire-god (Teine-de). (8) In Siberia it is said that witches can take the form of a butterfly. Also known as butterfly.

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