The poppy is the sacred flower of goddess Demetra. As a weed symbolizes its presence in spring sowing. In antiquity, when celebrating the Eleusinian mysteries, they decorated the statue of the goddess with poppies.
The ancient Greeks knew very well their sleeping and narcotic properties as they depicted the sons of Hades, Hippos (in the Sun) and Tanatos (in Death) with the poppies.
The symbolism of the use of poppies is obvious, as the sleep caused by the common poppy comes to the death caused by the use of the opium poppy (or the sleeping poppy – Papaver somniferum).
According to the Christian tradition, poppies beneath the cross on which Christ was crucified, and owes its color to the drops of Christ’s blood, drenched in color.
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