Note: the angel in this art piece is wearing a gold pomegranate ornament... I own
this piece found during the 1st century and incorporated into this art piece.
Psalm 132 proclaims: "Your priests will wear righteousness and your kind ones
will sing with joy." This recalls the pomegranate, which decorated the hems of
the priestly robes in ancient times. The pomegranate is the teacher of the
indwelling of God. The fruit itself is an abundant globe full of bright red
seeds, like a world full of life. In this psalm, God announces a desire to
dwell among human beings, nurture the hungry and care for the needy, establish
a just government, and "clothe its priests in deliverance." These are all ways
of acknowledging the Shekhinah. The pomegranate reminds us that we are always
filled with seeds of light, and that our lives can be God's resting-place.
Other cultures have also embraced the heavily seeded fruit as well. The fruit
being full of seeds readily lends itself to be a symbol of fertility, bounty,
and eternal life. Ancient Egyptians were buried with pomegranates in the hope
of rebirth. The Hittite god of agriculture is said to have blessed followers
with grapes, wheat, and pomegranates. At Chinese weddings, sugared pomegranate
seeds were served to guests and pomegranates were thrown on the floor of the
wedding chamber to ensure a fruitful union. Pomegranates arrived in California
in the 1769 with Spanish missionaries.
Pomegranates were offered as the fruit of paradise in the Quran. In ancient
Rome, the rinds of pomegranates were tanned and used like leather.
Pomegranates became known as the royal fruit because the triangular sections
folded back at the tip to look like a crown. Homer, Chaucer and Shakespeare
wrote of the virtues of this fruit.
The Pomegranate fruit tree goes back to the Garden
of Eden... that and the Fig tree. The Fig tree is the Tree of Knowledge
in the Old Testament... Adam and Eve became one with what they embraced (ate),
therefore being in essence the fruit of the fig... God dressed them with fig
leaves. This is looking at the Garden of Eden and the garden and the tree is literal,
not the symbolism of it, not the spiritual aspect of it.
Note on figs: "The remains of parthenocarpic fig syconia (edible figs) have
been discovered in archeological sites of the Jordon Valley that date back
to 11,400 years bp. The carbonized syconia are clearly parthenocarpic because
the drupelets are without embryos or seeds. Wild populations of Ficus carica
are gynodioecious with male trees (caprifigs) and female trees. Edible figs
are produced on female trees only if they are pollinated by fig wasps
(Blastophaga psenes) from the syconia of male trees. The male syconia contain
wasps and pollen, and are generally not eaten. They were named "caprifigs"
because they were commonly fed to goats." (Krislev, M.E., Hartmann, A. and O. Bar-Yosef. 2006. "Early Domesticated
Fig in the Jordan Valley." Science 312 (5778): 1273-1275. 2 June 2006)
Medical Research: It's believe that pomegranate has anitoxidant, anti-viral,
anti-cancer and anti-tumor properties. Also, that it helps maintaining healthy
cholesterol and tryglyceride levels, etc. Recently, pomegranates have emerged
as a super food, full of fiber, potassium, vitamin C, niacin and cancer-fighting
properties. Recent studies suggest that the juice offers three times more
antioxidants than green tea or red wine.
The benefits of pomegranate include
reversing atherosclerosis, a disorder that often occurs in hypothyroidism,
reducing joint degeneration and inflammation in osteoarthritis, promoting
liver health, and protecting the cardiovascular system from diabetes-induced
damage. In addition, pomegranate is currently being studied for its ability
to alleviate the pain and discomfort of arthritis and support optimal brain,
dental, skin, and liver health.
If you do not have the benefit going to the store to purchase the pomegranate
fruit..., then go online and purchase Pom Pomegranate juice. Some of your local
grocery stores do carry this as well. It taste good and it is good for you!