Myths, Legends and Folklores About
In Chinese folklore the cicada is
considered a sacred animal symbol of resurrection and
During the Chou Dynasty cicada-shaped funeral jades
were used in religious ritual burials. The cicada funeral jade
was placed on the tongue of deceased (dead) people as it was
believed to bring about resurrection or reincarnation.
An old Italian myth tells the story of how cicadas came to
earth to sing. A long time ago a young woman was blessed with a
beautiful singing voice. So beautiful was her voice that when
she died, the gods who missed the sound of her voice, allowed
her to return to life every summer as the cicadas so she could
continue to sing.