Butterflies stand since centuries as a symbol for transformation.
Like the pilgrim who goes through an evolution during the pilgrimage.
According to Lafcadio Hearn, a butterfly was seen in Japan as the personification of a person’s soul; whether they be living, dying, or already dead.
Denis Diderot’s Encyclopédie cites butterflies as a symbol for the soul.
A Roman sculpture depicts a butterfly exiting the mouth of a dead man, representing the Roman belief that the soul leaves through the mouth.
In line with this, the ancient Greek word for “butterfly” is ψυχή (psȳchē), which primarily means “soul” or “mind”.
In some cultures, butterflies symbolise rebirth.
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