Bamboo

Bamboo’s long life makes it a Chinese symbol of longevity, while in India it is a symbol of friendship. In Japan, bamboo forests often surround Shinto shrines as a sacred protection against evil spirits. In Vietnam, bamboo is a symbol for the soul and often represents ideas of hard-working, optimism, unity and adaptability. Vietnamese culture is sometimes referred to as “bamboo culture.” A Vietnamese proverb states, “When bamboo is old, the bamboo sprouts appear,” the meaning being that Vietnam will never be annihilated–if the previous generation dies, the children will take their place.

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~ by adb23 on August 2, 2011.

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