Fuwas

March 7, 2009

Text originally from: http://www.goshop.com.my/blogger_Rina/?p=36

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“For this year, the Olympic Summer Games 2008 is held in Beijing, China. And below are their official mascots for this event called the Fuwas. These creatures’ design and colours actually inspired by the five rings of the Olympic Games logo.

In China’s traditional culture and art, the fish and water designs are symbols of prosperity and harvest. And so Beibei carries the blessing of prosperity. The ornamental lines of the water-wave designs are taken from well-known Chinese paintings of the past. Strong in water sports, she reflects the blue Olympic ring.

As a national treasure and a protected species, pandas are adored by people everywhere. The lotus designs in Jingjing’s headdress, which are inspired by the porcelain paintings of the Song Dynasty (A.D.960-1234), symbolize the lush forest and the harmonious relationship between man and nature. He is an athlete noted for strength who represents the black Olympic ring.

Huanhuan is a child of fire, symbolizing the Olympic Flame and the passion of sport — and passion is the blessing he bestows. The fiery designs of his head ornament are drawn from the famed Dunhuang murals — with just a touch of China’s traditional lucky designs. He excels at all the ball games and represents the red Olympic ring.

Like all antelopes, Yingying is fast and agile and can swiftly cover great stretches of land as he races across the earth. His head ornament incorporates several decorative styles from the Qinghai-Tibet and Sinkiang cultures and the ethnic design traditions of Western China. Strong in track and field events, Yingying represents the yellow Olympic ring.

Among the kite designs, the golden-winged swallow is traditionally one of the most popular. Nini’s figure is drawn from this grand tradition of flying designs. Her golden wings symbolize the infinite sky and spread good-luck as a blessing wherever she flies. Swallow is also pronounced “yan” in Chinese, and Yanjing is what Beijing was called as an ancient capital city. She is strong in gymnastics and represents the green Olympic ring“.

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