History of Lilies

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Lily flower history and legends: The lily was dedicated to the goddess Hera, wife of Zeus. Legend has it when Zeus fathered Hercules with the mortal woman Alceme. As a result, wished his son to partake more fully of divinity. To this end he had the baby brought to Hera. After that, he drugged her to sleep. During which he had the baby placed at her breast. And Hercules nursed. As a consequence, Hera awoke in horrified surprise. Then flung the baby from her. As a result, some of her milk gushed across the heavens. Consequently, formeing the milky way. After that, a few drops fell to earth. And from those drops sprang the first lilies.

Roman legend has it when Venus rose from the sea-foam she saw a lily. As a result, she became filled with jealous envy at the whiteness and beauty of it. Seeing it as a rival to her own beauty, she caused a huge, monstrous pistil to spring from the lily’s snow-white center. This myth accounts for the lily being associated with Venus. And the Satyrs who are the personification of lustful ardor.

Early Discoveries

Early representations of the lily were discovered in a villa in Amnisos,Crete. Lilies date from the Minoan Period, around 1580 B.C. They are the Minoan sacred flower. As a matter of fact, a special attribute of the Great Minoan Goddess Britomartis., Dictynna. Who had her origin in Neolithic times. She maintained her supremacy in Crete. Until the mysterious cataclysm befell Minoan civilization in the middle of the sixteenth century B.C.. Her cult was placed into the religion of the Greeks. Then she became the precursor of Greek Artemis.

Lilies were also a popular flower in ancient Jewish civilization. And mentioned in the Bible several times. Consequently, named after Aelia Eudoxia. Who was the powerful, strong willed and influential wife of the Roman Emperor Arcadius. From 401 to 403 AD shows her diadem draped bust with the “Hand of God” holding a wreath over her head.


In Christian symbolism, the lily represents purity, chastity and innocence. Moreover, the flower of the resurrection and of the virgin. And widely used at Easter. The lily of the Bible (Cant. 2.1) is identified with the scarlet anemone, Madonna lily. The lilies of the field (Mat. 6.28) probably means any wildflowers, perhaps the iris. The Convalleria variety is ˜lily of the valley. Further, has two long oval leaves. And spikes of white bell-shaped flowers. Likewise representing the Tears of the Virgin Mary. A resurgence of happiness.

White lily bouquets are especially popular in Christian homes. Therefore, during the Easter holiday they symbolize Christ’s resurrection.

Medicinal Values of Lilies

Lilies have no true medicinal value. And lilies could posses certain medicinal virtues. Also, to have magical properties. And there were thousands of recipes in Elizabethan times. Additionally, treatment of fever. Also, as a paste containing lily root for cleaning wounds, burns and sores. As well as relieving rheumatic and arthritic symptoms.

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