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“To the Japanese, the dragonfly symbolizes summer and autumn and is admired and respected all over, so much so, that the Samurai use it as a symbol of power, agility and best of all, victory. Japan's island Honshu was once called Akitsushmi, which means Dragonfly Island.
In China, people associate the dragonfly with prosperity, harmony and as a good luck charm.
Amongst Native Americans, it is a sign of happiness, speed and purity.
Purity because the dragonfly eats from the wind itself.”
The Dragonfly symbolizes good luck, strength, peace, harmony, light and transformation, the unconsciousness mind, defeat of self created illusions, opening one's eyes, and maturity.
The Zuni story:
A village came on hard times and its people were hungry, so they abandoned their home in search of a more prosperous land. Unbeknownst to them, they left behind a young boy and a young girl. The girl was very upset at having been left behind and was inconsolable. To please her, her brother made an insect doll from corn and other grasses and gave it to his sister. This corn-being soon came to life, a messenger from the gods sent to teach the children how to please the gods and gain their favor. more
The Japanese ancestral hero known as Jimmu -Tenno was said to have given Honshu the name dragonfly island. According to legend the emperor saw the shape of his realm from the top of a mountain and was struck by its resemblance to a dragonfly. Folk belief holds that a dragonfly is the vehicle of departed ancestors returning to visit their families at the summer feast of the dead. Samurai warriors depicted them on swards and arrows quivers, as both weapons should fly straight and fast, like the dragonfly.
In Germany they call the dragonfly Hatzpferd, which translate into hunting horse. There is a German folklore that tells about a young princess that lived a wild life with a fiery steed, not caring what she destroyed. One day she was riding through the dark forest and came across a little man who spoke to her in a polite voice. Not wanting to stop she spurred her horse, riding over him. The little man cursed the girl saying, “May you always be joined to your horse as one!” As soon as the little man said that, the princess and her horse were changed into a winged insect, which is called Hatzpferd (Mitchell and Lasswell, 2005).
In a Romanian folktale, St. George’ horse turned into a winged insect because it became possessed by the Devil is called calul dracului. That translates into devil’s horse. The word dragonfly is believed to come from the Romanian word drac, which means both “devil” and “dragon” (Mitchell and Lasswell, 2005).
In a Pilipino folklore, The Dragonflies and the Monkeys, it tells about how the dragonflies outwit the monkeys. This folklore begins with a dragonfly heading back home gets harassed by monkeys. The dragonfly goes home and tells the king dragonfly what had happened. The dragonflies go and try to talk to the monkeys. The monkeys do not listen to the dragonflies because they are smaller than they are therefore they are weaker. This causes a war to break out between the monkeys and dragonflies. To avoid the monkeys’ attacks, the dragonflies would land on their foreheads and the monkeys would strike their own heads knocking them out (Friedman and Johnson, 2014). more