Cranes are commonly represented in mythology because man has recognized the strange beauty and inherent complexity within these amazing creatures for centuries. They are local to areas all over the globe, so folklore regarding their magic exists far into antiquity.
The crane has a deep past that blends between different cultures and myths.
The Greeks thought they represented the God of the Sun, so they were symbols of new opportunity and growth. Cranes are treasured creatures to the Japanese, who see them as symbols of longevity, monogamy, and good fortune. The art of origami, a Japanese method of folding paper into objects, often depicts cranes as the fundamental creation.
Other traditions throughout history saw cranes as symbols of grace, purity, and devotion. Cranes hunt snakes for sustenance, and any early followers of most world religions would see the killing and eating of snakes by a glorious bird as a sign of its divinity. It’s well known that Satan is commonly represented by serpents, so creatures that eat such vile things must be an icon for God.
Crane tattoos are incredibly beautiful and can have such detailed intricacy that they shatter the mind. Most crane tattoos take advantage of the exquisite profile and contrast within the bird, which allows for eye-catching and bold designs.