y.A.S.d. – ‘Flower of Paradise’ Really Exists!

y.A.S.d., on July 21, 2011, said:

I found out (again) that bi an hua [“Flower of Paradise,” 彼岸花 – Faye composed the music for this song, which appeared in Fable, Oct. 2000] really exist in the real world. I searched up the image and it is called the lycoris radiata.

According to Wiki it says:

”Since these scarlet flowers usually bloom near cemeteries around the autumnal equinox, they are described in Chinese and Japanese translations of the Lotus Sutra as ominous flowers that grow in Diyu (also known as Hell), or Huángquán (Simplified Chinese: 黄泉; Traditional Chinese: 黃泉), and guide the dead into the next reincarnation.

Lycoris Radiata

“When the flowers of lycoris bloom, their leaves would have fallen; when their leaves grow, the flowers would have wilted. This habit gave rise to various legends. A famous one is the legend of two elves: Mañju (Simplified Chinese: 曼珠; Traditional Chinese: 曼珠), who guarded the flower, and Saka (Simplified Chinese: 沙华; Traditional Chinese: 沙華), who guarded the leaves. Out of curiosity, they defied their fate of guarding the herb alone, and managed to meet each other. At first sight, they fell in love with each other. Amaterasu, exasperated by their waywardness, separated the miserable couple, and laid a curse on them as a punishment: the flowers of Mañju shall never meet the leaves of Saka again. It was said that when the couple met after death in Diyu, they vowed to meet each other after reincarnation. However, neither of them could keep their words. In commemoration of the couple, some call the herbs ‘Mañjusaka’ (Simplified Chinese:曼珠沙华; Traditional Chinese: 曼珠沙華), a mixture of ‘Mañju’ and ‘Saka’, instead of their scientific name. The same name is used in Japanese, in which it is pronounced manjushage.

“Some other legends have it that when you see someone that you may never meet again, these flowers, also called red spider lilies, would bloom along the path. Perhaps because of these sorrowful legends, Japanese people often used these flowers in funerals. The popular Japanese name Higanbana (彼岸花, Higan bana?) for lycoris radiata literally means higan (the other or that shore of Sanzu River) flower, decorate and enjoyable, flower of afterlife in gokuraku jyōdo (極楽浄土, gokuraku jyōdo?).”

This is really cool, this is the SAME flower as the flower in the video that is blossoming in bi an hua at the end of the concert. And it is the flower of the death leading Faye to reincarnation. This flower also blossoms when other flowers are death and that is why in the end Faye is in kind of a fantasy world surrounded by this lycoris radiata flowers that are guiding her to reincarnation… and in the end she reincarnates with the bright light and ‘naked’ faye. ”

also the legend about the leaves of the flower never meats the blossom might be a symbolism for what the song is all about. I am so excited to found this out and the concert and also the song became even better! I also figured that this is why the Rebirth section comes after Fall. I need to own this flower!


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