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Crane tattoo meaningsCrane Tattoo Meanings - Throughout the Far East, the crane is considered an auspicious bird and is known variously as the bird of happiness, the heavenly crane, and bird of peace. In Japan, after the Second World War, origami (folded paper) cranes became a symbol of peace and hope. As a tattoo motif, the crane can be a symbol of grace, wisdom, peace, and love of life. Although occasionally confused with Storks and Herons, Cranes are a unique family of birds all their own.

The crane was the bird of Apollo, the sun god, and its dance was the dance of joy and the celebration of life. Ancient Greeks recorded the migrations of the crane, their triangular formation and their loud cries helping to keep the flock together. It was much admired for its orderly conduct and endurance. Of all the birds, the crane is the only one that flies non-stop between destinations. From observing the crane's regular migration, one could tell that spring or autumn were approaching.

Cranes are part of a unique family of birds.

Said to be the oldest bird on the earth, the crane has captured the human imagination with its beauty, longevity, and intelligence. Legends and myths have grown up around this elegant bird in all five continents where it dwells. Of the large variety of this species, the Japanese crane is probably the most universally recognizable with its gorgeous red crown set upon a cloak of white feathers. It stands almost 5 feet high with a wing span of more than six feet, inspiring tales of protecting the vulnerable with its embrace and carrying people to higher spiritual grounds. It could transport the souls of the newly departed to paradise on its powerful wings. There is a legend of a disciple of Confucius saving a crane from death, only to have the bird later return with its mate, each carrying a pearl in its beak.

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