THE CUT

Our online botanical publication.

SHORT STEM

MOMENTS IN POT CULTURE: THE LOTUS

9th November 2018

Words by Jessica Peace

The lotus is highly significant in Eastern religions including Hinduism, Buddhism and Sikhism. Due to its masses of petals, closeness to the mud and general unfurliness the lotus is wrapped in symbolism.

Victorian poet laureate Tennyson took the Greek myth about a bunch of scantily clad blokes eating narcotic like lotus flowers and hangin’ out in a state of euphoric langour and spun it into one mad, beautiful poem, ‘...In the hollow Lotos-land to live and lie reclined /  On the hills like Gods together, careless of mankind…’

‘... Slowly we unfurl, as lotus flowers… Cause all I want is the moon upon a stick’, ahhh Radiohead, is there anything you can’t sing about and make us feel like flailing our arms  about and drinking pints?