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Rose Sentiments & Symbolism

 

Plenty of sentiment and symbolism is associated with the rose. Roses, it is said, blushed with shame when God expelled Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden.
In Roman mythology, a beautiful woman named Rodanthe had a number of suitors asking for her hand in marriage. Though she did not care for any of them, the suitors continued to woo her so zealously that they broke through the doors of her home. Angered by their actions and wanting to teach the suitors a lesson, the goddess Diana turned Rodanthe into a rose, and her suitors into thorns.

Greek mythology has the story of Aphrodite, the goddess of love, who created the rose that arose from her tears and the blood of her lover Adonis. The Romans, turning Aphrodite into their goddess Venus, also adopted the rose: it became the symbol of love and beauty. Cupid, offering a rose when trying to bribe the god of silence to hush Venus's amorous escapades, made the flower a symbol for secrecy. Roman dining room ceilings were decorated with roses, reminding guests to keep secret what had been said during dinner.

 

During the fifteenth century, the rose was used as a symbol for the factions fighting to control England. The white rose symbolized York, and the red rose symbolized Lancaster, as a result, the conflict became known as the "War of the Roses."
The rose is the flower emblem of England. According to English superstition, if petals fall from a fresh-cut red rose, bad luck will soon follow. In Wales, the white rose represents innocence and silence, and is placed on the grave of a young child.

Rose Sentiment and Symbolism

To Native Americans, the white rose symbolizes security and happiness, and is often worn during wedding ceremonies.

     
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