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The meaning of the calla

The generic meaning of the calla

Being one of the most beautiful flowers despite its linear simplicity, the calla is often inserted in bouquets for brides and in very spectacular or impactful bouquets. The first meaning of the calla is purity and it symbolizes the beginning of something new, for this reason, in fact, they are associated with brides who are about to start a new life as wives next to the man they love. On the other hand, it is not so rare to find the calla also in funeral wreaths or in the flowers that set up a church for a passing away rite, just as it is possible to find them in the vases of the graves in the cemetery because the calla can also mean bliss and divine purity follow the death of an individual. Being extremely virtuous flowers, the calla lilies are ideal to give to very beautiful women to honor and pay homage to their peculiar beauty.

The religious meaning of the calla


Also in the religious field the meaning of the callasees numerous interpretations; in particular, in the Christian inconography, the calla is considered the flower originated from the tears shed of the virgin Mary at the foot of the cross of her son Jesus. This symbolism is also highlighted in the religious representations of the main characters of the Christian world. In fact, often in the most common and traditional iconography, the Madonna is depicted with a mantle on which white calla lilies are painted and it is probably from this that the idea of ​​purity and whiteness of the flower associated, in this case, also with holiness derives. and chastity. Due to its particular shape, the calla was also considered in the religious tradition the trumpet with which the Archangel Gabriel would sound on the day of the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Calla and mythology


Long celebrated in Greek mythology, the calla is included in numerous legends of varying significance. The most accredited one would make the calla derive from the drops of milk that fell on the earth from the breast of the goddess Hera, wife of Jupiter and considered the goddess of marriage; according to the mythological tale, a few drops of his milk were instead sprinkled into the sky and from this gesture the Milky Way was born. But mythology offers various interpretations, so much so that some variations tell that the calla was born from the tears of Eve, expelled from the Garden of Eden together with Adam. In Roman mythology, however, this flower symbolized the phallus, for this reason a purely erotic meaning was attributed to it and far from the sense of candor with which it is often seen. The consequence of this interpretation derives from the particular shape of the spadix positioned in the center of the flower, making it take on an even more erotic and lustful tone if it is red. It is even said that the spadix was created by Venus because she was envious of so much beauty and bothered by an undeniable attraction to the flower that stole the show.

The meaning of the calla: The calla in popular tradition


Due to the shape of the flower, calla lily has long been associated with phallic symbolism, male virility, fertility and lust, only later has it taken on a more delicate flavor associated with whiteness and purity. Popular tradition has it that to predict what the sex of the unborn child would be, a pregnant woman would have to choose a flower between calla and rose; the calla would have predicted the birth of a boy. In the nineteenth century the calla assumed a meaning of ardor and sensuality, which is why it was chosen as a flower to give as a gift in aristocratic and monarchical circles to tacitly declare secret loves and passions that could not be revealed in words. In fact, over time the meaning of the calla has also taken on a political flavor, especially in Ireland, where it was chosen as the symbolic flower of the Republic of Ireland, in fact both in this nation and in Great Britain, the white calla was sold during the Easter period, because its political symbolism was born in correspondence of the Easter revolt of 1916. Moreover, due to its resemblance to the lily, the calla was also called “Easter lily”.

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