You can find the fruit of the pomegranate in religion and mythology throughout history as a symbol of everything from fertility to wealth. It's a symbol of many beliefs that humans, over several thousand years, hold near and dear to their hearts; as do some people still today.
Pomegranate Symbolism – What Does it Stand For?
Every part of the fruit seems to represent something either in mythology or a world religion. The seeds, juice, and skin of the fruit all play a part in the symbolism history.
The seeds represent:
· To the Jews, the 613 seeds in a fruit represent the 613 commandments laid out for proper living in the Torah.
· To Christians, the seeds bursting from a broken fruit represent Jesus Christ's resurrection from the dead
· The pomegranate in Christianity – the seeds represented the large numbers of people who came together as like-minded people believing in the same thing
· Islam believers traditionally believed that they had to eat every seed of the pomegranate fruit because they weren't sure which seed was the one that came from the garden of paradise
The juice of the pomegranate represents:
The whole fruit represents:
It's interesting to note that pomegranate in Judaism has been around for thousands of years and is mentioned several times in historic Jewish writings and in the Bible.
It is said by the ancient Persian people that the fruit Adam was given by Eve was not an apple, but actually a pomegranate fruit.
Pomegranate in Islam for Islamic believers is the fruit that will cleanse them of hatred, jealousy, and envy of others and will help to keep them more pure.
According to the legend of pomegranate Greek mythology, the fruit is known as the fruit of the underworld, Hades, and death. It's supposedly the fruit that kept Persephone a prisoner of Hades.
Hindus believe that the pomegranate fruit is a fertility enhancer and recommends that women who want to get pregnant eat this fruit in abundance. We now know that the side benefit of that is that women who eat these while trying to get pregnant and while they are pregnant are getting ample amounts of folic acid and healthy Vitamin C into their bodies.
The reason that pomegranate Buddhism is recognized is because legend has it that Buddha was given a pomegranate fruit by an elderly poor woman. The gift is said to have touched his heart like no other, so he declared that the pomegranate, peach, and citrus fruit were all blessed fruits.Medicinal Uses – Pomegranate in Religion and Mythology
It's no wonder that this fruit was tapped for medicinal purposes throughout history given that many of the religions hailed it as a beneficial or sacred fruit.
These are just a few of the medicinal purposes for which pomegranates have been used!