Stork

CatholicSaints

Marysville, United States

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The stork (guan 鹳) is believed to live 1,000 years and is therefore a symbol of longevity.

The stork is frequently shown together with pine trees which are another symbol of longevity.

Storks are the means of transportation for both the Queen Mother of the West (xiwangmu 西王母) and the “longevity star” (shouxing 寿星).

Because the word for stork (guan 鹳) sounds the same as the words for an “official” (guan 官), a “hat” (guan 冠), and “first place” (guan 冠), the stork also symbolizes promotion to a government office.

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