Rich Abundance in the Chrysanthemum Tattoo
The Chrysanthemum is quite possibly the most widely cultivated flower in the world. Careful selection and breeding has resulted in an amazing array of colors and sizes. The world Chrysanthemum is derived from the Greek words crysos (gold) along with anthemon (flower).
In China the chrysanthemum has been cultivated for nearly 2700 years and is appreciated for its beauty and medicinal properties. The flower is thought to contain life and the boiled roots are used to cure headaches.
Taoist Chinese often grow Chrysanthemums to remind them of tranquility and abundance, and in Japan the imperial family used it for their emblem. Japan also has a National Chrysanthemum Day which is referred to as the Festival of Happiness. Japanese tattoos usually pair the Chrysanthemum with dragon, as they have specific pairings for certain flowers with a powerful element.
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