- I dreamt I was a butterfly
One thing that I hope returns with Philemon is the butterfly as a symbol for the soul.
The greek word for the soul (psyche) was also the word for butterfly.
Psyche the lover of Cupid from the novel The Golden Ass, written in the 2nd century AD by Apuleius, in art is portrayed with butterfly wings very often as well.
Psyche means (“Soul” or “Breath of Life”).
The butterfly being a symbol of Philemon was always pretty deep to me and I hope that it returns since it is a symbol to me that you are dealing with the human psyche and the souls of your characters.
P3 tried to use the same butterfly motif as Fatal Frame 2/Akai Chou used: The butterfly as a symbol for transformation, death and rebirth or as carrier of spirits.
Butterflies are also said to be messengers in Japanese culture which fits their depictions in P1, P2 and P3.
In P4 there was just a butterfly save point suggesting that Philemon watches over Yu Narukami. I however hope that in P5 Philemon will return with a new butterfly mask and the return of the classic Philemon golden butterfly as a symbol for the soul.
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