E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
The Egyptians pictured God sitting on a lote-tree, above the watery mud. Jamblichus says the leaves and fruit of the lote-tree being round represent the motion of intellect; its towering up through mud symbolises the eminency of divine intellect over matter; and the Deity sitting on the lote-tree implies His intellectual sovereignty. (Myster. Egypt., sec. 7, cap. ii. p. 151.)
Lotus. Mahomet says that a lote-tree stands in the seventh heaven, on the right hand of the throne of God.
Dryop of chalia was one day carrying her infant son, when she plucked a lotus flower for his amusement, and was instantaneously transformed into a lotus.
Lotis, daughter of Neptune, fleeing from Priapus, was metamorphosed into a lotus.