ILLINOIS = SION-ILLI in reverse = ZION LILI or ZION LILY Quoting: YOUCITY 18850702
Outside of Solomon’s Temple, the story goes, that there was a large Bronze Basin filled with water that was used for cleaning the blood and residue of the sacrifice, from the hands of the priests before they took the offering into the holy place. The rim of this Basin was lined with LILIES, a symbolic flower of death. In conjunction with this symbolism, many times, as the story goes, the 2 Pillars of Boaz and Jachin that also stood outside the Temple were topped with LILIES, or in some cases, PALMS. It is this symbolic Flower of Death, that is incorporated into the name of the State of ILLINOIS.
The use of lilies at funerals symbolizes the restored innocence of the soul at death, it is also used
at Easter (Esarte, Ostara, Queen Ester, Estrogen, etc)
to symbolize the purity and power of new life
born of death. The Easter Lily refers
to the ATAMASCO Lily
or more generally a Rain Lily, is native to the southeastern United States
[link to en.wikipedia.org
"The lily of the valley is often called "ladders to heaven." In the eighth century a papal edict forbade the worship of Ostara (Norse goddess of Spring)
. Subsequently her flower is referenced as "Mayflowers," "Little May belles,"
"May lily" and "The Tears of Holy Mary"
by other cultures and Christian followers."
Myths and legends of flowers, trees, fruits, and plants in all ages and in ...
By Charles Montgomery Skinner