Native American Indian legends told that butterflies would carry the wishes to the Great Spirit in heaven to be granted. 

Butterflies have been used by the Chinese and Japanese cultures for centuries as symbols of joy and the essence of happiness.

Early Europeans believed that the human soul took the form of a butterfly so, they viewed the butterfly with great respect and often with fear.

Northern Europeans throught that dreams were the result of the soul-butterfly's wanderings through other worlds. 

The Blackfeet Indians believe that dreams are brought to us in sleep by a butterfly. 

Born out of the caterpillar in the chrysalis, butterflies were a symbol of rebirth, regeneration, happiness, and joy to Native Americans in Mexico. 

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Myths about Butterflies