Carp – (Oriental Symbolism)

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Carp – (Oriental Symbolism) Emblem of longevity, for it lives many years, and of wealth, abundance and perseverance. With its scaly armor it is also regarded as a symbol of martial attributes, is admired because it struggles against the current, and it has therefore become the emblem of perseverance. In the third moon of each year it is also said that the sturgeon of the Yellow River make an ascent of the stream, when those who succeed in passing above the Longmen Falls, the "Dragon's Gate", become transformed into dragons; hence this fish is a symbol of literary eminence or passing exams with distinction. The Double Carp is a common Chinese symbol for wealth

Natural Symbols in South East Asia (Collected Papers in Oriental and African Studies)Natural Symbols in South East Asia (Collected Papers in Oriental and African Studies) 

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