Symbols {186} ~ The Five Great Blessings

The Five Great Blessings symbol is composed of the Chinese symbol for longevity surrounded by five bats. The word bat in Chinese is similar to the word for happiness. Each of the bats represents one of the five blessings. The five blessings are wealth, health, long life, love of virtue, and peaceful death. Bats themselves also represent longevity as they were associated with immortals. This symbol dates back to around 1500 BC during the Han dynasty. The first mention of the five great blessings comes in The Book of Documents from China. This is a powerful symbol and is sometimes used in the architecture of homes to provide a blessing for the family living in the house. The symbol itself represents blessings and longevity.

The five bat motif is found in many different Chinese symbols. Another design of the five blessings has the bats encircling a symbol for prosperity. This is a symbol representing prosperity from a virtuous life. There is also a symbol of the bats surrounding a round box which symbolizes harmony and blessings for a married couple. This is often found on wedding presents to newlyweds.

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