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👉 Stay tuned, more on the way 🤗 Got one of those long stories for you today, 😅 sorry folks! - 🌼🌸 A Chinese legend states that an elderly emperor had heard about a magical herb which would grant him eternal youth. This herb was said to grow on Dragonfly Island (Japan) and could only be picked by young people. 24 children, on what proved to be a long and hazardous journey, were sent. Much to their dismay, when they finally arrived at the island they found it totally deserted. There was no sign of the magic herb. All they found was a flower - the golden #chrysanthemum
. The Japanese twist to this legend is the god Izanagi and the goddess Iznami, who were sent to earth across a bridge of clouds because there were too many gods in heaven. When she arrived on earth, the goddess created the gods of the wind, the mountains and the sea, but perished miserably in the flames that sprang up while she was creating the god of fire. Izanagi, who missed her, followed her into a dismal place known as the 'Black Night'. When he finally caught a glimpse of the goddess, he was immediately pursued by an old witch. He fled back to earth, where he decided to cleanse himself in the river. The items of clothing he dropped onto the ground turned into 12 gods. His jewels turned into flowers, his bracelet into an iris, a second bracelet into a lotus flower and his necklace became a golden chrysanthemum 🌸🌼 Credit: F&PA, UK and Dr. Leonard Perry, University of Vermont.