Crane & Pine Tree

    Pine Tree and Crane (松鹤) : In Chinese culture, The pine tree (song 松) is a very common symbol for longevity because it is an evergreen and can endure severe winters. The pine provides protection when planted near graves. This is because the mythical creature Wang Xiang (罔象), who devours the brains of the dead, is afraid of the pine. The crane (he 鹤) is believed by the Chinese to live to a very old age and therefore is a symbol of longevity.The crane's white feathers also represent old age. A crane standing alone can represent success in becoming a high government official as seen on a charm at Pendant Charms. Myths describe spirits and immortals as riding on cranes. The souls of the dead are said to be carried to the heavens by cranes. The image of the crane was embroidered on the robes of high government officials. Because the pronunciation (he) is the same as that for the word "harmony" (he 合), the crane is sometimes shown on charms to imply a good and harmonious marriage.

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