This page lists all the various symbols in the Chinese Symbols category.
Chinese culture is one of the world's oldest cultures. The area in which the culture is dominant covers a large geographical region in eastern Asia with customs and traditions varying greatly between provinces, cities, and even towns. Important components of Chinese culture include literature, music, visual arts, martial arts, cuisine, etc.
Symbols in this category:
When it comes to symbolic meaning, the boar can be distinctly different from the “pig”, so this article will only address the former. While there are some general connotations to the boar that are fairly easy to understand, there are also innumerable cultural associations that follow in the tracks of this animal, wherever it happens to reside.
The chrysanthemum is one of the most important symbolic flowers in all of Asia. In purely geographic terms, the symbolism of the lotus is more widespread throughout the continent, but in China and Japan the lotus runs into some stiff competition from this golden-hued beauty.
In purely monetary terms, jade can sometimes fall short of the high value placed on more desirable stones such as diamonds and rubies. On the other hand, when it comes to symbolic meaning, a rich history and holding a revered place in diverse cultures, the readings for jade can truly shoot off the charts.
In terms of symbolic importance, the lotus has achieved a status that has seldom been equaled by any flower. Its beauty, perfume and central place in many belief systems has made it a true monarch of the botanical world. It would be highly difficult to enumerate all the symbolic meanings of the lotus, so this article will provide a basic overview along with a few specific examples of cultures where the flower holds special significance.
This brightly colored citrus fruit was first cultivated in eastern Asia, and has since spread to many other parts of the world. While the fruit itself and its peel are used in a variety of culinary traditions, oranges are also imbued with several different symbolic meanings.
It's probably not an exaggeration to say that snakes are the most symbolically charged members of the entire animal kingdom. From one end of the world to the other, snakes have occupied the entire spectrum between reverence and hatred. What is particularly notable about snakes- although not unique by any means- is that they can be both admired and feared in the same culture without one symbolic facet canceling out the other. Whether they're seen as the embodiment of evil or as the suppository of ultimate wisdom, the cultural importance of these creatures cannot be overstated.
When it comes to symbolic meaning, the stag can be distinctly different from the “deer”, so in this article we will only be addressing the former. While there are some general connotations to the stag that are fairly easy to understand, there are also innumerable cultural associations that follow in the tracks of this animal, wherever it happens to reside.