Since early ages, sunflowers were a bright symbol of faith. The ancient Greeks were believing that Clytie, a water nymph, turned into a sunflower because she was so in love with Helios (the God of the Sun), that she was staying all day long watching the sun. Although he didn’t observe her adoration, the other Gods noted her devotion. Because she was so faithful to the God who didn’t even notice her, they had pity on her and she was transformed into a sunflower. Since then, she has always kept turning her head to look at Helios’ chariot, showing her unconditional loyalty and hoping he would join her love. *There are more Greek myths about this flower, this is just one of them.
When the Spanish found the Inca Empire, they realized this civilization was worshipping a gigantic sunflower. Incan priestesses wore large sunflower disks made of gold on their costumes. Another proof that this flower was sacred are the images of it found in the temples of the Andes mountains, and Native American Indians placed bowls of sunflower seeds on the graves of their dead.
Also, the Chinese hold the sunflower as a symbol of longevity.
Romanians have a popular tale about it, too. The Sun was in love with a young girl, who was always watching him on his way. His mother noticed that, because of that girl, he wasn’t paying attention to his daily routine anymore, so she transformed her into a sunflower. That’s why the plant always turns its head after the sun: for seeing its lover.
Anyhow, there were a lot of artists who painted sunflowers. I learned a lot from their experience and stay tuned, dears, because the next post will show you the attempt of painting sunflowers on a façade!