Gourd Symbolism and Usage
The gourd is a potent symbol (of longevity, prosperity, fertility, protection, healing, etc.) in many cultures around the world because gourds contain lots of seeds, propagate easily, and have many uses.
The shell of a hollowed out gourd has been used to make bottles for carrying and storing medicine, liquids, grains, and its resonance is ideal for making instruments. Gourds have been used as charms and are decorated with paintings and/or carvings.