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Posted on 01/03/2013


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Deli-ci-ous pomegranate in full sunny exposure

Deli-ci-ous pomegranate in full sunny exposure
Scrumptious fruit in season now sunning themselves on my plate

According to a blogger, the Pomegranate appears often in symbolism and mythology. Because this fruit contains an enormous amount of seeds, it is regarded as a symbol of fertility, prosperity, abundance and generosity (more, below).

Living Touch talks about its religious symbolism: The ancient Persians believed that Eve was tempted with a pomegranate in the Garden of Eden, and in Persian mythology Isfandiyar eats a pomegranate and becomes invincible. In Hebrew tradition, the pomegranate was said to have 613 seeds representing the 613 commandments of the Torah, and the fruit was used to decorate the Torah and its coverings. The ancient Greeks knew pomegranate as the fruit of the dead and in Greek mythology, Hades offered a seed of the fruit to Persephone who took it because she thought it looked like a jewel and thus condemned herself to spend some time with Hades in the underworld every year. The Prophet Mohammed is said to have encouraged his followers to eat the fruit to purge envy and hatred. In China the fruit symbolized longevity, and in the mythology of ancient Babylonia, pomegranate was believed to be an agent of resurrection.

A different view of the pomegranate in Ori Gersht's video www.youtube.com/watch?v=0KMsrE3e30k

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