The Blood of Adnois

IanJohnston

Joined July 2009

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The classic red & white rose with blood image.
Red rose is the symbol of love and fidelity.
According to the Greek legend red roses arised from blood of Adonis who was killed by a wild boar on a hunt.
Red rose is dedicated to Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love.
Since kindly Aphrodite spilt blood upon a white rose to aid her wounded lover, Adonis, a red rose has symbolised love everlasting – or a passing passion if it’s simply a flower and not a symbol of the life blood you would give to save a beloved.
Biblically, it is a symbol of shame, of the white rose so embarrassed by Adam and Eve’s carryings-on that it blushed crimson. For a celebration of romance, however, Aphrodite opening a vein for her Adonis is probably a more apposite backstory to the flower’s symbolism.

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