Instead of Crow’s Feet, the poster in front of the beauty saloon printed Cow’s Feet. It’s hilarious and at the same time, quite a pity. But then, months has since passd, corrections were not made. Me thinks, the have bravely embraced it all. 👏 Bravo!
Yesterday, while watching an episode of the Tribes and Empires ( the scenic shots were all drool worthy), there were bird deco at the back of the emperor and the thought about my ancestor’s batu belindan’s deco came to mind. For quite some time, I thought the grave stone’s deco was phoenix, as oppossed to Bangau or flamingo or etc long legs types ..but My Oh My ..it might as well be cranes. I stumbled upon a site detailing chinese motifs and according to a chinese work mate, the episode’s bird deco is no phoenix. I was perplexed but as I read on and compared the bird motifs, I am forever abashed.
I mean, I did looked down on my uncle back then. How could the China’s emperor commissioned something with jus a bangau for a king, aka my ancestor ..gittew..
Sekarang, tersipu malu.
Walau crane, ada maknanya tue. Bukan look down, tapi kena dgn occassionnya.
As I remember the long grass filled Makam Langar location, a sad sentiment accompanied that nostalgic trip. He has soon passed this world and do not pay any hoot to if people give a damn that the Emperor of China gave him such honour. He died, so long, goodbye.
But, he may as well gave his all and more, to ellicit such nostalgia from a mighty emperor. It may have rung true what my uncle said to me, that unbeknownst to many, the reign of Sultan Omar was the most prosperous ever. Since the enthronement of Raja Sakti 1, his father, Raja Loyor, his brother, the time was rifed with war and ongoing peace treatises. It was a pergolakan kuasa was not so small even back then. The Pattani Besar coalition, or federation was Kelantan at its biggest in history, containing 48 constituencies if I recall correctly.
Cranes are an important motif in Chinese mythology. There are various myths involving cranes, and in Chinese mythology cranes are generally symbolically connected with the idea of immortality
In China, the red-crowned crane is often featured in myths and legends. In Taoism, the red-crowned crane is a symbol of longevity and immortality. In art and literature, immortals are often depicted riding on cranes. A mortal who attains immortality is similarly carried off by a crane. Reflecting this association, red-crowned cranes are called xian he (traditional Chinese: 仙鶴; simplified Chinese: 仙鹤; pinyin: xiānhè; literally: “fairy crane” or “crane of the immortals””). The red-crowned crane is also a symbol of nobility. Depictions of the crane have been found in Shang Dynasty tombs and Zhou Dynasty ceremonial bronzeware. A common theme in later Chinese art is the reclusive scholar who cultivates bamboo and keeps cranes. Some literati even reared cranes and trained them to dance to guqin music.
Because of its importance in Chinese culture, the red-crowned crane was selected by the National Forestry Bureau of the People’s Republic of China as a candidate for the title of national animal of China. This decision was deferred due to the red-crowned crane’s Latinname translation as “Japanese crane”.
From Nazmiyal Collection site:
Many Chinese still believe that cranes carry their spirit to heaven after they die. With such a revered and legendary status, no wonder cranes appear consistently in Chinese art and carpets.
Cranes, or herons as they are also referred to as, play an important role in Chinese mythology. In Chinese culture, the crane is venerated as the prince of all feathered creatures and thus has a legendary status. Embodying longevity and peace, it is the second most favored bird symbol after the phoenix.
Few years ago, I had suspected crows were following me around. I asked a senior and mostly I consulted the wise ol’ Google.
Tapi, kali nie, after the crane revelation, I saw a better understanding about the crow and the incident. In fact, I had one of the unique moment where the hairs at the back of my neck and scalp all tingle and stood up. A moment of truth kinda moment.
So, the crows …are like ala ancestors ..my senior mentioned something like as a ‘buffer’. Maybe jin – jin yg kawan or ikut my ancestors kowt ..
You know lah kan, the chinese call the jin and others ancestors, so does the indos.
Looking back, it was a time where, semakin rancak I tahu pasal the history of my family ..berat sebelah lah sikit sebab more on my mom’s.
As I bersusah susah today, I am thankful sebab kalau I am rich, as in things were a bit more different, and it so happened my grandfather was a king, walau I cucu aje, and not next in line, I could have lived off in luxury, confirmed.
But, I have the beautiful luxury of living it real. Which reminds me of my senior’s interpretation of Andhika Pramuthya, a name whispered to my heart. He said it means, I will adapt to live as a prince.
I hope not lavishly and irresponsibly. More towards, bravely, courageous, honour and for the greater truth n people.
From the web …
It turns out that not everyone thinks the crow is so bad. The Chinese and Japanese myths portray crows as a loving symbol, and according to a Chinese legend about the three-legged crow (as told by Lloyd D. Graham for Academia.edu), they also represent the sun, as the crow in the story transforms into this celestial body. With this in mind, the crow can also mean destiny and transformation
Crows are also known for being super clever and are regularly perceived as wise souls. According to Perspectives, Northern American cultures see crows as a sort of spirit guide and at times even a prophetic being. They are seers of the future, who hold all the wisdom and flexibility needed for real change. North American tradition sometimes views the crow or raven as “the mediator between the land of the living and the land of the dead, accompanying the dead souls on their final journey.”
Part of crow symbolism deals with memory-keeping. This is a big symbolic point here. Many cultures believe crows hold memories of ancient worlds, ancient ways of living, and beautiful secrets.
Black is a symbol of the strangeness that creeps along behind the sun-shiny realm of what is “known”. It’s a slippery place to dwell. Only the bravest of heart can go into the darkest black night of the soul. It requires cunning, and a willingness to expect the unexpected. Crows reflect that kind of sentimen
The Latin term “Corvid” identifies the crow family. This word is derived, in part, from the word “cunning”. This is oh-so-true with the crow. These birds have been known to outsmart other birds, many animals, and even more humans at times. They are masters at tactical maneuvers, and cunning is definitely the name of their game.
The crow is associated with many a god and goddess. Do some research, and you’ll discover that’s true. Morrigan, Shani, Odin, Badb…these and more deities are aligned with the crow. In my studies, it’s rare to have a creature shared by so many deities. Why is that? My guess is the power of the crow. There’s something majestic and magnetic about the crow that temps a god or goddess to affilliate themselves with this bird.
The crow can be monogamous (having one partner), but this isn’t always the case. The Egyptians noticed their tendency to keep one mate and deemed this bird as a symbol of devotion and faithfulness.
Chinese lore places the crow on a throne of masculine rule. In ancient Asian legend, the crow was said to be the father of the Asian race. As a result, the crow is respected and given great devotion (at least it was back in the day) as the parent of humankind.
In short, crow symbolism is all about individuality. It’s about being bold, ballsy, and brash
Raven symbolism of wisdom and knowledge-keeping is connected with the Welsh hero Bran, the Blessed whose name means raven. Bran was the holder of ancestral memories, and his wisdom was legendary. So much so, that he had his head (the vessel of his powerful wisdom) removed and interred in the sacred White Mount in London. Ravens are still roosting there (in the Tower of London), and they’re thought to keep Bran’s wisdom protected and alive by their presence. I’ve written more about Bran on my Celtic skulls page here.
The raven is symbolic of mind, thought and wisdom according to Norse legend, as their god Odin was accompanied by two ravens: Hugin who represented the power of thought and active search for information. The other raven, Mugin represented the mind, and its ability to intuit meaning rather than hunting for it. Odin would send these two ravens out each day to soar across the lands. At day’s end, they would return to Odin and speak to him of all they had spied upon and learned on their journeys.
Dr. Carl Jung deemed raven symbolism to represent the shadow self, or the dark side of the psyche. I very much like this. Why? Because by acknowledging this dark side, we can effectively communicate with both halves of ourselves. This offers liberating balance, and facilitates tremendous wisdom (something the raven would be very pleased with).
Pix credit to From the twitter Booooom by Jeff Hamada