INESSA KALABEKOVA

Jade’s Secret of Immortality

In the ancient realms of China, jade held a powerful secret—immortality. Our ancestors conducted rituals with a clear goal: to understand and harness the forces of nature. One of their remarkable discoveries was the jade cicada, a small yet mighty symbol used in burials. Placed on the tongue, it had a profound purpose: to prevent the body from decaying and to safeguard the life force, known as qi.
 
The cicada, with its intriguing life cycle, living underground for up to seventeen years before emerging as a mature insect, became a symbol of transformation and rebirth. Its unique shape, marked by a slightly enlarged head and gracefully pointed wings, held an abstract charm. Placing these figurines in the mouth or near the body was believed to grant the departed the gifts of everlasting purity, transforming them into immortals.
 
Jade, the stone of choice, took subtle forms in Neolithic cultures, from the Yangtze’s mouth to southeastern Mongolia. It was crafted into clean geometric shapes adorned with harmonious patterns and polished to perfection. This was no easy feat; working with jade required friction, abrasion, and relentless polishing. Jade was chosen not just for its beauty but for its symbolic purity and strength, values deeply cherished in Chinese culture. As time passed, it also became a guardian, protecting the body on its journey to the world of ancestors, ultimately leading to immortality.
 
In this ancient tale, we discover the unyielding quest for immortality in Chinese culture, where jade held the key to resurrection. With the transformative magic of the jade cicada and the enduring allure of jade, we unveil a culture’s relentless pursuit of life beyond the mortal coil, where immortality reigned supreme.

 

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