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Education > Bamboo ... Myths, Legends, Medicinal, Music

Bamboo ... Myths, Legends, Medicinal, Music

The Bamboo

Bamboo has many mythological tales surrounding it. It has been used in religious ceremonies for centuries and is reputed to have many medicinal properties. It has been the subject and inspiration of countless artistic endeavors and musical masterpieces. It is renowned as a plant which enhances spiritual development. It has strong Totem magic for those who seek to increase their mental flexibility, spiritual growth, artistic talents and good health.

Bamboo restores balance to the earth and is extremely important to the world’s ecology. It prevents soil erosion and it grows quickly and without much effort. Bamboo is a grass and can to soar to heights in excess of 100 feet. It is always lush and ornamental, providing privacy and shelter for many animals and birds. A Bamboo grove is the safest place to be during and earthquake. Many buildings are made with it to provide them with stability and flexibility during high winds or severe storms.

Bamboo groves have been used throughout history by Monks wishing a gentle and enlightened place to meditate. The Buddha was said to have made his home within a bamboo grove. Bamboo represents the “Wealth of Nothingness” because it grows into space, and therefore is akin to the Zen Buddhism spiritual core of Nothingness. The peaceful rustling of the leaves in the wind is a magical and spiritual world to experience.

The dried culms or stalks of the bamboo are very strong and has many uses, both practical and artistic. Dried Bamboo is used for building sturdy houses, making beautiful furniture, building decorative fences, creating flooring and window and wall coverings. It can be used for making containers, hats, weapons, and kitchen utensils; it was even used by American inventor Thomas Edison to create the first light bulb filament.

Living Bamboo is used for ornamental and protective landscaping. The dried culms have been used for making musical instruments throughout the ages.
Bamboo shoots offer nutrition to thousands of people; it is low in calories and fat and high in fiber and potassium.

The medicinal properties of this grass are legendary. It has been used extensively in the past and in the present for its excellent healing purposes. The leaves, stems, sap, and roots are all used for many varied ailments and to strengthen and aid general good health. The ground powder of black bamboo roots have been used to treat cancer, kidney disorders, bacterial infections, persistent coughs, and has been used as an aphrodisiac. This is but a few of its many healing properties and uses and all types of bamboo can be used medicinally; each fulfilling its own purpose for the good health of those who are able to make use of this wonderful healing plant.

The Bamboo possesses many plant virtues that are powerful and valuable and which any person would be wise to utilize. One who has the power of the Bamboo totem will see enhanced strength, flexibility and health; a better sense of fairness allowing one the ability to act justly and without rashness.
hua mein potion sack.
The Spiritual Bamboo Totem possesses the following virtues:
Luck, love, longevity, spiritual centeredness, happy family relations, straightforwardness, sincerity, peacefulness, resilience, the ability to bend with difficulty rather than be broken by it, altruism, strength, tenacity, artistic inspiration, and rapid personal growth, Improves business and social life; wards-off negative energies.

Bamboo Plant Pearls are said to impart their particular magical virtues to their owner. Bamboo Pearls are characteristic of its host plant; they possess all the awesome characteristics that may be seen in the Bamboo itself; the flexibility and grace of this plant is contained within the pearl waiting for its proper owner to bestow its inner magic to that unique and fortunate individual.

For century’s religious leaders, shamans, priestesses, spiritualists and practitioners of the occult have used Bamboo to transfer the powerful magical energy of the Bamboo to themselves and to others in need of this commanding magic. Bamboo pearls are highly sought after by any wishing to absorb Bamboo virtues into their lives and develop stronger mental abilities such as those embodied by this enduring plant. The owner of a Bamboo pearl will see their lives, spiritual energy and mental clarity imbued with all of the virtues attributed to one of the “Friends of Winter” of the plant world, Bamboo. The Bamboo totem is a strong spirit indeed and its magical properties are one of the most influential of all plant totems. Resiliency, good fortune, longevity, and so much more can be integrated into the spirit of the possessor of this magical pearl and the Bamboo totem

A bamboo grove, Arashiyama district, Kyoto

Bamboo in Human Culture

Bamboo’s long life makes it a Chinese symbol of longevity, while in India it is a symbol of friendship. The rarity of its blossoming has led to the flowers’ being regarded as a sign of impending famine. This may be due to rats feeding upon the profusion of flowers, then multiplying and destroying a large part of the local food supply. The most recent flowering began in May 2006 (see Mautam). Bamboo is said to bloom in this manner only about every 50 years (see 28–60 year examples in FAO: ‘gregarious’ species table).

In Chinese culture, the bamboo, plum blossom, orchid, and chrysanthemum (often known as méi lán zhú jú ????) Vietnam tours, tour Vietnam, tours of Vietnam, tours to Vietnam, Vietnam tours information, Vietnam travelare collectively referred to as the Four Noble Ones. These four plants also represent the four seasons and, in Confucian ideology, four aspects of the junzi (“prince” or “noble one”).

The pine tree, the bamboo, and the plum blossom (song zhú méi ???) are also admired for their perseverance under harsh conditions, and are together known as the “Three Friends in Winter” (????). The “Three Friends” is traditionally used as a system of ranking in Japan, for example in sushi sets or accommodations at a traditional Ryokan (inn). Pine (matsu ?) is of the first rank, bamboo (také ?) is of second rank, and plum (ume ?) is of the third.
In Japan, a bamboo forest sometimes surrounds a Shinto shrine as part of a sacred barrier against evil. Many Buddhist temples also have bamboo groves.
Bamboo symbolizes the spirit of Vovinam (a Vietnamese martial arts): “c??ng nhu ph?i tri?n” (coordination between hard and soft (martial arts)). Bamboo also symbolizes the Vietnamese hometown and Vietnamese soul: the gentlemanlike, straightforwardness, hard working, optimism, unity and adaptableness. Furthermore, some scientists even regard that Vietnamese culture is bamboo culture. A Vietnamese proverb says: “When the bamboo is old, the bamboo sprouts appear”, the meaning being Vietnam will never be annihilated; if the previous generation dies, the children take their place. Therefore the Vietnam nation and Vietnamese value will be maintained and developed eternally. Traditional Vietnamese villages are surrounded by thick bamboo hedges
The Bozo, an ethnic group in West Africa, are so named because boso means “bamboo house” in Bamana (Bambara) and the other West Mande languages. The Bozo/Boso are traditional fisherpeople on the Niger River. To many people in Western Europe and North America, bamboo is a symbol of East Asia, while in fact many bamboo species grow naturally–and are used extensively in human culture–in sub-Saharan Africa.

The Song Dynasty (960-1279 AD) Chinese scientist and polymath Shen Kuo (1031-1095) used the evidence of underground petrified bamboo found in the dry northern climate of Yan’an, Shanbei region, Shaanxi province to support his geological theory of gradual climate change.

Myths and legends:

Several Asian cultures, including that of the Andaman Islands, believe that humanity emerged from a bamboo stem. In the Philippine creation myth, legend tells that the first man and the first woman each emerged from split bamboo stems on an island created after the battle of the elemental forces (Sky and Ocean). In Malaysian legends a similar story includes a man who dreams of a beautiful woman while sleeping under a bamboo plant; he wakes up and breaks the bamboo stem, discovering the woman inside. The Japanese folktale “Tale of the Bamboo Cutter” (Taketori Monogatari) tells of a princess from the Moon emerging from a shining bamboo section. hawaiian bamboo (‘ohe) is a kinolau or body form of the Polynesian creator god Kane Milohai.

Bamboo cane is also the weapon of Vietnamese legendary hero Saint Giong- who had grown up immediately and magically since the age of 3 years old because of his national liberating wish against Ân invaders.

An ancient Vietnamese legend (The Hundred-knot Bamboo Tree) tells of a poor, young farmer who fell in love with his landlord’s beautiful daughter. The farmer asked the landlord for his daughter’s hand in marriage, but the proud landlord would not allow her to be bound in marriage to a poor farmer. The landlord decided to foil the marriage with an impossible deal; the farmer must bring him a “bamboo tree of one-hundred nodes”. But Buddha appeared to the farmer and told him that such a tree could be made from one-hundred nodes from several different trees. budha gave to him four magic words to attach the many nodes of bamboo: “Khac nhap, khac xuat”, which means “joined together immediately, fell apart immediately”. The triumphant farmer returned to the landlord and demanded his daughter. Curious to see such a long bamboo, the landlord was magically joined to the bamboo when he touched it as the young farmer said the first two magic words. The story ends with the happy marriage of the farmer and the landlord’s daughter after the landlord agreed to the marriage and asked to be separated from the bamboo.

Bamboo slip:

Bamboo slip is a writing material that was initially used in ancient times in China, from the Zhou Dynasty and Warring States Period to the Wei and the Jin Dynasties. It was used most widely in the Spring and Autumn Period and the Warring States Period. By about the 4th century, paper was already used extensively and replaced Bamboo slip as the primary writing material.

To form a bamboo slip, an article is written with a brush on several long, narrow, pared slices of bamboo. Only one line of words is written on each slice. The slices are then tied together to form what is called the “bamboo slip.” This book form was typically used for writing essays.
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Green hue General Virtues of Bamboo Pearls:
Improves the quality of the aura; attracts luck, Improves business and sales, helps to manifest your desires, healing, and abundance. General virtues are mentioned here, Details Psychic reading is only given after the purchase of the Bezoar stones--Mustika pearl.

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posted on July 12, 2010 9:49 AM ()


wow!this was an interesting and educated post.Learned a lot about Bamboo and used.You have put an awful lot of work into this and a good one.
You always do a wonderful job in posting.We do have the plants around here and have not paid too much attention to it.Guess I will now do it.
Thank you.Fredo
comment by fredo on July 12, 2010 2:17 PM ()
oh wonderful, a new thing to learn about and since it's right there...enjoy!
reply by anacoana on July 12, 2010 2:22 PM ()
We don't have any lucky bamboo plants here at home. They can be expensive in the chain supermarkets, but very reasonable at Asian markets, where they'll have a whole bucket of them soaking in water by the door. One of these days.
comment by troutbend on July 12, 2010 1:26 PM ()
I went to see bamboo yarn and found organic slug control methods instead!
comment by jjoohhnn on July 12, 2010 12:27 PM ()
humm, I went to the link from "knitting needles" and did find out about yarn

here's another
Organic Bamboo Fabric
reply by anacoana on July 12, 2010 1:03 PM ()
You neglected to mention bamboo yarn.
comment by nittineedles on July 12, 2010 10:54 AM ()
OH yes thank you for adding that. I love Bamboo, like "comfort foods" others have for me Bamboo is my "comfort plant"
reply by anacoana on July 12, 2010 11:04 AM ()

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