The lotus flower is one of the most recognized and revered flowers in the world. It has been featured throughout history and across cultures in art, literature, architecture, and other media.
It has an almost universal appeal as a symbol for purity, growth, and new beginnings.
The lotus flower is frequently associated with water, natural elements and spirituality.
This beautiful flower can grow from the muddiest swamp with even the smallest amount of sunlight exposure, and regulate its flower's temperature, which makes the lotus even more intriguing.
This article will explore the significance of the lotus flower, its various meanings across cultures, and why we chose to name our holistic skincare company Nefertem after the God of this lovely flower.
Ancient Significance of the Lotus Flower
The lotus flower has been held in high regard since ancient times. Its various symbolic meanings can be traced back to the Kemetic, Egyptian, Chinese, Hindu, and Buddhist cultures.
The lotus flower appeared in many hieroglyphs, paintings, and sculptures in Ancient Kemet and Egypt. A blue and white lotus was the centerpiece of the Kemetic god Nefertem's crown.
The lotus was also associated with the Egyptian god of wisdom, Thoth. The lotus was a common motif in Chinese art and architecture dating back to the Neolithic period.
It was a symbol of purity and enlightenment and frequently appeared in Taoist art. The Hindu culture has a long-standing association with the lotus flower. It is considered to be both a divine and earthly plant that can grow in the muddiest waters yet remain unstained by the mud.
The lotus flower is a symbol of beauty and perfection, promising new beginnings and spiritual growth.
Hindu & Buddhist Cultural Meaning of the Lotus
The Hindu and Buddhist cultures have a long-standing relationship with the lotus flower. The Hindu associate the lotus flower as a symbol of beauty and perfection, promising new beginnings and spiritual growth.
The lotus is also associated with Brahma, the creator god, and the goddess Saraswati, the patron of arts and knowledge. The Buddhist culture also holds the lotus flower in high regard.
The Buddhist believe that the lotus flower grows in the mud at the bottom of a pond but rises above the mud to bloom and thrive. This is seen as an analogy for spirituality, with the flower rising above the mud of the material world to achieve nirvana.
Kemetic/Egyptian Lotus Culture
The Kemetic/Egyptian culture has a rich tradition with the lotus flower. The lotus was the centerpiece of the Kemetic/Egyptian god Nefertem's crown and was frequently depicted throughout their hieroglyphs, paintings, and sculptures.
The lotus was a symbol of rebirth and endless life, as well as the promise of new beginnings.
It begs to be mentioned that the lotus flower, worshipped by the ancient Kemetic people who lived along the Nile Valley, was not actually a lotus flower, but rather the Blue Water lily, an entirely different species. Symbolically, however, the two are one in the same.
Muslim Meaning of the Lotus Flower
The lotus flower was an important cultural symbol in ancient Middle Eastern cultures. The lotus was associated with the Egyptian goddess of fertility, Nut, and the Syrian god of storms and thunder, Hadad.
The lotus flower also appeared in Islamic art and architecture, where it was sometimes depicted growing from a crescent moon. The lotus was also strongly associated with the Muslim prophet Muhammad.
His name, “Muhammad,” is Arabic for “the Praised One,” and is thought to be a reference to the lotus flower. The lotus has long been a symbol of rebirth, purity, and new beginnings.
Nefertem the God of the Lotus Flower
The Kemetic/Egyptian deity Nefertem, the god of the lotus flower, was closely associated with the plant’s symbolism of rebirth and renewal.
He was depicted as a young man seated in a lotus flower, and was said to have gifted the material world with the spirit, or fragrance, of plants. One whiff of the lotus flower and you'll understand!
Nefertem was the patron of healing, beauty and perfumery. For these reasons, we chose to honor him and the lotus flower, by naming our holistic skincare company after them.
Nefertem is a family-owned, holistic skincare company birthed out of the desire to support the mental, emotional and spiritual journey of others. Guided by our intuition (and the ancestors) we developed an intimate collection of products to nourish self discovery and honor soul growth. Learn more about us.