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Popularly, passion flowers and especially passion fruit are frequently used with sexual or romantic innuendo, giving rise to such uses as a one-time soft drink named Purple Passion.[citation needed] The “Passion” in “passion flower” does not refer to sex and love, however, but to the passion of Jesus in Christian theology. In the 15th and 16th centuries, Spanish Christian missionaries adopted the unique physical structures of this plant, particularly the numbers of its various flower parts, as symbols of the last days of Jesus and especially his crucifixion:

The pointed tips of the leaves were taken to represent the Holy Lance.
The tendrils represent the whips used in the flagellation of Christ.
The ten petals and sepals represent the ten faithful apostles (less St. Peter the denier and Judas Iscariot the betrayer).
The flower’s radial filaments, which can number more than a hundred and vary from flower to flower, represent the crown of thorns.
The chalice-shaped ovary with its receptacle represents a hammer or the Holy Grail
The 3 stigmas represent the 3 nails and the 5 anthers below them the 5 wounds (four by the nails and one by the lance).
The blue and white colors of many species’ flowers represent Heaven and Purity.
The flower has been given names related to this symbolism throughout Europe since that time. In Spain, it is known as espina de Cristo (“Christ’s thorn”). German names11 include Christus-Krone (“Christ’s crown”), Christus-Strauss (“Christ’s bouquet”12), Dorn-Krone (“crown of thorns”), Jesus-Leiden (“Jesus’ passion”), Marter (“passion”13) or Muttergottes-Stern (“Mother of God’s star”14).
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I am permanently disabled and work at home. Previously, I have been employed as Art Director at California Manufacturers Association and Production Artist at SMW Communications of Sacramento CA.

I studied art at The Academy of Art in San Francisco 1977-79
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Currently I am focused and self taught in Digital Art.

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  • LisaBeth
    LisaBethover 3 years ago

    splendid! great decos.

  • HEY THERE LISABETH…HAPPY HOLIDAYS…
    THIS IS NOUVEAU STYLE THO, NOT DECO…:)
    I USE TO MIX THEM UP ALL THE TIME TOO…VERY CLOSE IN TIME PERIOD AND THE DID HAVE AN OVERLAP PERIOD ALSO…:)

    THANX EVER SO KINDLY FOR YOUR ENJOYMENT OF MY WORK HON..:)

    – Tammera

  • walstraasart
    walstraasartover 3 years ago

    Beautiful well designed work Tammera.

  • THANX KINDLY DEAREST THEA…
    HAPPY HOLIDAYS HON…:)

    – Tammera

  • Kathy Baccari
    Kathy Baccariover 3 years ago

  • THANX KINDLY KATHY
    HAPPY HOLIDAYS…:)

    – Tammera

  • eoconnor
    eoconnorover 3 years ago

    beautiful work and wonderful information tammera @!Liz

  • THANK YOU KIDNLY LIZ…
    I LOVED THIS INFORMATION ALSO…
    WHO WOULD HAVE THOUGHT HUH??
    I THOUGHT IT HAD TO DO WITH HUMAN SEXUAL PASSION…:)

    – Tammera

  • Michael McCasland
    Michael McCaslandover 3 years ago

    Takes my breath away, literally. Outstanding!

  • AWW….MIKE YOU ARE SO KIND….:)
    THANK YOU AND HAPPY HOLIDAYS HON…:)

    – Tammera

  • AndyGii
    AndyGiiover 3 years ago

    Beautiful and Merry Christmas to you

  • THANX SO KINDLY …
    AND TO YOU ALSO DEAREST ANDY…:)

    – Tammera

  • Keith Reesor
    Keith Reesorover 3 years ago

    Beautiful!! :)

  • THANX EVER SO MUCH HON…:)

    – Tammera

  • artisandelimage
    artisandelimageover 3 years ago

  • THANX FRANCIS..:)

    – Tammera

  • LoneAngel
    LoneAngelover 3 years ago

    beautiful !!!!!

  • TAHXN AGAIN HON..:)

    – Tammera

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