The dragonfly is closely associated with the meaning of metamorphosisbecause its life cycle has a large transformation: it starts in water, can last up to 5 years, and then moves freely through the air, but only for a few months. It is considered to be a sign that there is change, evolution and new perspectives.
One of the hypotheses of the origin of the name dragonfly, is that it is derived from a term in Latin ?libellum?, which in its diminutive ?liber?, means free.
In Japan, the dragonfly symbolizes courage, strength and happiness. It is an imperial symbol, as the country was also called ?Dragonfly Island? because of an Emperor who was bitten by a mosquito and was soon devoured by a dragonfly. It is also a seasonal symbol, associated with the changes of seasons during the year.
In Native American culture, the dragonfly was considered a symbol of the dead souls or symbol for renewal after periods of difficulty.
Among the Maya, it is associated with the Great Mother Ixchel (goddess of creativity), for they say that when she was almost killed by her grandfather for becoming a lover of the Sun, the dragonfly sang over her until she recovered.
In Europe, on the other hand, it is associated with peace, freedom, and the search for truthbut in some countries they are linked to the Devil and Hell.
Meaning of Dragonfly tattoos:
- Inner Awakening
- Mental Control
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