I was talking with my mother the other day about pomegranates & she told me that when she was a kid, if you took a pomegranate (or Indian Apple) to school, you had it going on. And as a child she loved them very much.
She also told me that Pomegranates are mentioned in the Bible. When I pressed her for where, she cussed me out then told me she would talk to me later but only after she rebuked me.
Me being an Atheist & her being a Jesus lover, we get into arguments all the time. I mostly instigate just to get her going though.
Anyway, after we got off the phone, I googled “pomegranate in the bible” & I found many biblical passages referencing pomegranates & found them interesting.
I also found a site (British Medical Journal) that was broader in terms of religious pomegranate connection.
From the BMJ:
Before its medicinal properties were described the pomegranate was held sacred by many of the world’s major religions.
In the Greek myth of Persephone’s abduction by Hades, lord of the underworld, the pomegranate represents life, regeneration, and marriage. One day while out gathering flowers, Persephone noticed a narcissus of exquisite beauty. As she bent down to pick it, the earth opened and Hades seized her and dragged her down to his kingdom. By eating a few pomegranate seeds, Persephone tied herself to Hadesthe pomegranate being a symbol of the indissolubility of marriage. Inconsolable at the loss of her daughter, the corn goddess Demeter prevented the earth from bearing fruit unless she saw her daughter again. Zeus intervened and worked out a compromise: Persephone should live with Hades for one third of the year and the other two thirds with Demeter. Persephone’s return from the underworld each year is marked by the arrival of Spring.
Zoroastrianism: The pomegranate probably originated in Iran and Afghanistan and was much used in Zoroastrian ritual and domestic observances. In Persian mythology Isfandiyar eats a pomegranate and becomes invincible. In “The Persian War” Herodotus mentions golden pomegranates adorning the spears of warriors in the Persian phalanx.
Judaism: Pomegranate seeds are said to number 613one for each of the Bible’s 613 commandments. The pomegranate was revered for the beauty of its shrub, flowers, and fruitsymbolising sanctity, fertility, and abundance. The Song of Solomon compares the cheeks of a bride behind her veil to the two halves of a pomegranate. Depictions of the fruit have long featured in architecture and design. They decorated the pillars of King Solomon’s temple and the robes and regalia of Jewish kings and priests.
Buddhism: Along with the citrus and the peach, the pomegranate is one of the three blessed fruits. In Buddhist art the fruit represents the essence of favourable influences. In Buddhist legend the demoness Hariti, who devoured children, was cured of her evil habit by the Buddha, who gave her a pomegranate to eat. She is depicted in Buddhist art holding a child. In Japan she is known as Kishimojin and is invoked by infertile women.
In China the pomegranate is widely represented in ceramic art symbolising fertility, abundance, posterity, numerous and virtuous offspring, and a blessed future. A picture of a ripe open pomegranate is a popular wedding present.
Christianity: A symbol of resurrection and life everlasting in Christian art, the pomegranate is often found in devotional statues and paintings of the Virgin and Child.
In medieval representations the pomegranate tree, a fertility symbol, is associated with the end of a unicorn hunt. The captured unicorn appears to be bleeding from wounds inflicted on him by the hunters. The “wounds” are actually pomegranate seeds dripping their blood red juices on his milk white body. Wild and uncontrollable by nature, unicorns can be tamed only by virgins. Once tamed, the unicorn was held in an enclosed garden and chained to a pomegranate tree, symbolising the impending incarnation of Christ.
Islam: The heavenly paradise of the Koran describes four gardens with shade, springs, and fruitsincluding the pomegranate. Legend holds that each pomegranate contains one seed that has come down from paradise. Pomegranates have had a special role as a fertility symbol in weddings among the Bedouins of the Middle East. A fine specimen is secured and split open by the groom as he and his bride open the flap of their tent or enter the door of their house. Abundant seeds ensure that the couple who eat it will have many children.
Anyway, this image officially is my last pomegranate shot. I think I worked them quite enough but will still continue to eat them until we can no longer find them this season.
I think I will call my mom tomorrow & tell her that while eating my daily pomegranate I found Jesus. I know that will cheer her up.