- Anonymous1 decade agoFavourite answer
The Coy or Koi fish has a colorful history in religions and beliefs...One of the Buddhist Ashtamangala (Eight Auspicious Signs) is a pair of golden Koi fish called in Sanskrit, Suvarnamatsya (in Tibetan, gSer.nya) that generally symbolize happiness.
In the Indian tradition, they represent the two rivers of north India, the Ganges and the Yamuna.
Besides their universal appeal as symbols of the beauty and the abundance of the natural world, they also represent the condition of all samsaric beings.
Koi fish live in the upper level of water and know only about water. They generally have little or no awareness of the world just above and unless something intrudes into their sphere, are not concerned by it. Hence, the fish is a potent symbol for embodied consciousness, such as ordinary human awareness.
While we are caught in the confusion and ignorance of our minds, we may be unaware of the potential that is inherent in our nature -- just like fish with their ignorance of the world outside the water. But like them, a few manage to experience the wider reality often unknowingly, seeing as they are not attentive to it (leaping after an insect, perhaps) and sometimes, at great risk to their lives.
Koi fish are thought to move smoothly and swiftly, able to leap barriers and obstacles so they are also understood as indomitable, determined travelers.
In the Matsya Purana a sacred Indian myth, a cycle of Brahma is about to end when an immortal saint called Markandeya, who has been wandering inside the body of Lord Vishnu, creator of the cosmos, slips out of His mouth and falls into the Ocean. It is there that terrified, he begins to question the nature of Reality and the nature of Maya, or illusion. Then the holy man notices a gigantic Fish and, helpless to prevent it, is swallowed up.
This fish which was a KOI is the first of ten manifestations, or avatars, of Vishnu. Vishnavites [worshippers of Vishnu] count Buddha Shakyamuni as the ninth of these.
To Chinese, the carp is the king of fish, and once it was thought it could turn into a dragon. Like our salmon, it has to reach the headwaters of a stream to spawn, so it was observed leaping the Wu Men cataract and swimming the Long Men rapids in the third month of the year. Due to this remarkable display of power and perseverance, the carp was held up to the young as an example.
The Chinese word for "fish" (yu) is a homophone for "surplus," while "carp" sounds like "profit." This fish is a traditional component of the Chinese New Year's meal, but one doesn't actually eat them.
Hope I have been able to share my knowledge about KOI with you.Source(s): Fishfanatic since 1999
- 1 decade ago
Koi and tattoos of koi are traditionally considered lucky.
The word "koi" comes from Japanese. The original Japanese word koi simply means "carp," including both the dull grey fish and the brightly colored varieties. A homonym of koi means 'love, affection' and koi are therefore symbols of love and friendship in Japan: a good example is the short story Koi-san by Mukoda Kuniko.
I'd like to personnally add, peace and tranquility, as well.Source(s): Taken from Wikipedia\ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Koi
- danielle ZLv 71 decade ago
Koi simply means carp in Japanese although most people in Japan call Koi Nishikigoi (meaning colored carp).
Thousands of years ago, the carp was pleantyfull in Asia. The Chinese as well as the Japanese both used Koi in the rice fields to maintain healthy plants and misquoto free water bogs.
2,500 years ago in China. Confucius' son (born in 533 B.C.) was presented a fish by King Shoko of Ro. The fish were used as the main subject in Chinese artwork and carvings and some Chinese rulers kept carp in captivity for their viewing pleasure.
While there may have been natural mutations of carp, which featured patches of color on them in China, the Japanese are generally recognized as the creators of Nishikigoi (Living Jewels).
The Japanese were the first to take the naturally occurring mutations and develop them further. Japanese rice farmers also kept them as food
Most people involved in the hobby consider the Niigata prefecture in Japan as the birthplace from which the Nishikigoi sprang. More specifically, areas in and around Ojiya City in Niigata are regarded as the home of Nishikigoi. Today there are more than 100 different color types and sub-types of Koi.
It was said that King Shoko of Ro had a beautiful daughter who fell in love with Confucius' son. (which is why the fish was a gift) Well you know the Americian version of Cinderella, the origins of this story are actually Chinese/Japanese. (and you thought Disney made this up) And it wasn't a fairy god mother it was a Koi. The great golden Koi. A spirit and sign of honor, peace and virtue. IF you want the entire story, email me it is too long to put on here.
Since the Koi or colored carp have been around for over 2500 years, the actual origins of the fish are unknown.
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- Anonymous4 years ago
I every time spend my half an hour to read this blog's posts daily along with a mug of coffee.
- Anonymous1 decade ago
Honor peace and virtue.
And as the story goes, is the ORIGINAL cinderella story (Oriental origin). The great Koi with its magical powerhelped the princess.
- ZoeLv 61 decade ago
coy /kɔɪ/ Pronunciation Key - Show Spelled Pronunciation[koi] Pronunciation Key - Show IPA Pronunciation adjective, -er, -est, verb
–adjective 1. artfully or affectedly shy or reserved; slyly hesitant; coquettish.
2. shy; modest.
3. showing reluctance, esp. when insincere or affected, to reveal one's plans or opinions, make a commitment, or take a stand: The mayor was coy about his future political aspirations.
4. Archaic. disdainful; aloof.
5. Obsolete. quiet; reserved.
If you mean KOI, they represent love and friendship/
- Mighty CLv 51 decade ago
A large plate of chips.
- CindyLv 41 decade ago
KOI is a Japanese gold fish and they can get very big.
- 1 decade ago
a Japanese carp