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Since these spider Lilies usually bloom near cemeteries around the autumnal equinox, they are described in Chinese and Japanese translations of the Lotus Sutra as ominous flowers that grow in 地 獄(also known as Hell), and guide the dead into the next reincarnation.
A famous legend is of two elves: 曼 珠, who guarded the flower, and 沙 華 who guarded the leaves. Out of curiosity, they defied their fate of guarding the herb alone, and managed to meet each other. At first sight, they fell in love ♥ with each other. G.O.D, exasperated by their waywardness, separated the miserable couple, and laid a curse on them as a punishment: the flowers of 曼 珠 shall never meet the leaves of 沙 華 again.
It was said that when the couple met after death in hell , they vowed to meet each other after reincarnation. However, neither of them could keep their words. ♥

Some other legends have it that when a person sees someone that they may never meet again, these flowers, also called red spider lilies, would bloom along the path. Perhaps because of these sorrowful legends .



believe it or not , they are in my path . ♥

in here .





"Walking up the hill tonight
And you have your eyes closed
I wish I didn't have to make
All those mistakes and be wise
And I know that i can't do it all
But you can't say I'm not trying

And I'm letting myself down
By satisfying you
And I wish that you could see
That I have my troubles too"


we'll never bloom again .
but i wish we'll grow eventually .


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Inistocheque Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014
This flower is really beautiful…
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yeyingzq Featured By Owner May 28, 2013
So feeling!!
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LunaFeles Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2011   Photographer
like it^^
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nmttak Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you for the info about higanbana, this flower has a speechless beauty : )
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Paniya Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2011
it is really artistic ... great great
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Kato-Hinamori Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2011   General Artist
the most beautiful flowers! <3
you're an amazing artist!
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raspberrymetamorph Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2011
I love that you included that information about the flowers.
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jyoujo Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2011  Student Photographer
:D
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Val-est Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2011
What a unique flower
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chaoshengzhe Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2011
beautiful :aww:
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BrambleBeePhoto Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2011
wow that is super interesting legend and story that you hve with your photo of these beautiful spider lillies. maybe i seem a bit morbid but i think theses are my favoret flower as of now!
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BrambleBeePhoto Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2011
wow that is super interesting legend and story that you hve with your photo of these beautiful spider lillies. maybe i seem a bit morbid but i think theses are my favoret flower as of now!
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Starberry-wishes Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
so pretty!
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Mill-ster Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2010   General Artist
Pretty! :)
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sagi Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2010
Such a beautiful, sad story! Such unique flowers.
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jyoujo Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2010  Student Photographer
they are the most unique ever.
i want a tattoo of it :D
they are my favorites :heart:
happy new year for you and your family :party:
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sagi Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2010
Happy new year to you too =D
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EmmaVirus Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2010
this is so cool! When I saw the thumbnails, it almost looked like a fractile or something, and I thought, this doesn't look like Jyoujo's stuff, but it seems really pretty... it is. Lovely work here, can't wait to see more. You take the most amazing photos~
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jyoujo Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2010  Student Photographer
those are my favorite flower :D
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MarvelArt2008 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2010
wow nice pic
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azleda Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
been thinking about getting a tattoo of this spider lily, great source of inspiration for color and mood.
awesome stuff!
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Irreality Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow. I'd love to have that as a desktop background :p
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kim-li Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2010
wow!
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MiraBea Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2010
wow...this is such a really beautiful and touching picture! :heart:
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Linne-ClairDeLune Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2010
wow...the legend is sorrowful indeed...yet beautiful...just like these spider lilies...unique
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FeelingVeryLucky Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2010
Whoa! This is sort of scary, lol. Very ominous, yet etheral...
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VulpesUrbana Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Amazing shot! My comliments!
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CookyMunstur Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010
This flowers are so pretty! Lovely work :)
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GentleFighter44 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2010
Wow, that's beautiful! I love the color contrast... great shot, wish I could see those flowers! :D
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redhairdye Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2010
Beautiful shot! :heart:
I love how you have one in colour as the main focus and the legend/story that you have written below is beautiful also :]
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jyoujo Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2010  Student Photographer
thanks!
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rawrimatigerninja Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2010
Wow! I love all the thought that goes into your descriptions. They seem to put even more meaning behind your pictures. Wonderful shot ^__^
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jyoujo Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2010  Student Photographer
thank you so much!
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rosariiop Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2010  Student General Artist
amazing shot :+favlove:
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jyoujo Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2010  Student Photographer
thanks!
what a beautiful gallery you have !
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rosariiop Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2010  Student General Artist
Aaaw :) Thank you so much :D
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ShaikoKira Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2010
i love spider lilies, since i'm absolutely loving japanese cemeteries.
i firmly believe they guide the dead to reincarnation.
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jyoujo Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2010  Student Photographer
i do too!
thanks!:nod:
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mimosa24 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2010
Beautiful picture. I love how you made it fade out so the front flower pops so. It almost look rendered.

What an interesting story, too. Don't know if there is anything to it, but the day before my great aunt died we went to visit her house (which has not been maintained in years) and there were red spider lilies growing all over her gardens...and I don't remember them being there before (they were only a couple of hundred feet from the family gravesite, too).

How strange.

(btw: this was in the US...they are fairly easy to find in nurseries...especially exotic flower shops)
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jyoujo Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2010  Student Photographer
good to know !!
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ITT-Y Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2010
AiYaaa, such natural beauty :']
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ITT-Y Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2010
Even though its been edited... :O lol
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Xx-KittyRawr-xX Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2010
prettyyyy
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Natashafaithz Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2010
Love the colours and also about the legend on the flower itself!
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envyinwondrland Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Higanbana (彼岸花) is so beautiful, I'd really want to see it in person someday
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Stunt-ART Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2010
that picture makes me think: "bam!" xD
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BrambleBeePhoto Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2010
thats what im talkin about ! so gorgous ! i love stuff like this beautiful colors my fav for sure !!
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Yoiyami Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2010
The legend is really sad.... altough, I love these flowers^^
I wish, they were there, where I live^^
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Zhifay Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2010
Lovely!!!!!!
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CynderSpyro Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2010
LOVELY!!!!!!!!!
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