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Butterflies have evoked wonder and fascination over time for man.  Various meanings have been woven into our cultures and beliefs.  Butterflies are thought to represent rebirth and renewal due to the start of their journey of life taking place in a cocoon.  In Japan a butterfly was seen as the personification of a person’s soul, should they be living or dead which is similar to the ancient Greek word for butterfly that primarily means soul or mind.  In Chinese culture two butterflies flying together symbolise love, echoed in the famous Chinese folktale, ‘Butterfly Lovers.’  At nerve-wracking time we all know what it feels like to have butterflies in our stomachs!

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AuthorEloise Hall