Of all the symbolisms the pomegranate holds, the most common across religions and cultures is fertility. And like most religions, the pomegranate, too, seems to have originated in the Middle East and reproduced across the world. Buddhism has a legend in which a pomegranate cured a demoness of an evil habit, the prophet Mohammed is said to have encouraged its consumption to ward off envy and hatred, and Hindus offer it to appease the goddess of retribution and justice. 1 It is a symbol of righteousness and fruitfulness in Judaism, and Christians and Egyptians view it as a symbol of rebirth. 2 I find it fascinating that scientific studies have found the pomegranate to affect hormones, which in turn can have an effect on fertility and mood. Not only that but ancient cultures also used the pomegranate medicinally. 3 I guess they weren’t as unevolved and unscientific as we’ve been taught to believe, especially since we are beginning to realize the amazing benefits of pomegranates once again.
November 9, 2012
The Ubiquitous Pomegranate
By Rene Yoshi
About Rene Yoshi
Just a transplanted Okinawan-French Southern girl with a wee bit o' Irish, sharing photography and what I'm learning about spiritual things, including putting off legalism and religious traditions, and embracing God's matchless love, tender mercy, and amazing grace! View all posts by Rene Yoshi
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