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Symbol Of Eternity & Love - Christchurch NZ by AndreaEL

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The wedding ring, that most famous and instantly recognizable symbol of the (hopefully perpetual) joining of a man and a woman as husband and wife in the institution of marriage, has a long, wide spread and mysterious history. Its beginnings lie in the deserts of North Africa, where the ancient Egyptian civilization sprang up along the fertile flood plains of the river Nile. This river was bringer of all fortune and life to the Pharaoh’s people and from plants growing on its’ banks were the first wedding rings fashioned. Sedges, rushes and reeds, growing alongside the well-known papyrus were twisted and braided into rings for fingers and larger bracelets for wrists. The ring is of course a circle and this was the symbol of eternity for the Egyptians as well as many other ancient cultures. It had no beginning and no end, like time. It returned to itself, like life; and the shape was worshiped in the form of the Sun and the Moon. The hole in the center of the ring is not just space either; it is important in its own right as the symbol of the gateway, or door; leading to things and events both known and unknown. It is not difficult therefore, to see how the ring and the gift of a ring began to be associated with love, in the hope that this most worthy of emotions could take on the characteristics of the circle and capture eternity. They wore it like we do today, on the third finger of the left hand, because of a belief that the vein of that finger directly traveled from the heart. This legend was later taken up by the Greeks, when they conquered Egypt under the generalship of Alexander the Great in 332 B.C. and from them passed onto the Romans, who called this the ‘vena amoris’, which is Latin for ‘the vein of love’. These early rings usually lasted about a single year before wear and tear took their inevitable toll. Hemp was probably the first choice, but some decided that they wanted a longer lasting material, and opted for leather, bone or ivory to craft their token of love.
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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35 Feb. 2011 Southland

Symbol Of Eternity & Love

My fascination with birds began as a child and almost 50 years down the track my love for our feathered friends has not diminished. Once we moved to Tranquillity (our little country retreat) my passion for birds, all nature and wildlife became a digital reality through the lens of my camera.

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  • swaby
    swabyalmost 4 years ago

    A gorgeous take Andrea!

  • Thank you Swaby for your wonderful comment, much appreciated.

    – AndreaEL

  • Sally Griffin
    Sally Griffinalmost 4 years ago


  • Thank you Sally for your comment, much appreciated.

    – AndreaEL

  • barnsis
    barnsisalmost 4 years ago

    Beautiful work.

  • Thank you Byron for your wonderful comment, much appreciated.

    – AndreaEL

  • Sharon House
    Sharon Housealmost 4 years ago

    This is gorgeous Andrea!!!

  • Thank you Sharon for your wonderful comment, much appreciated.

    – AndreaEL

  • DutchLumix
    DutchLumixalmost 4 years ago

    Awesome capture, Well done Andrea!!!!

  • Thank you for your wonderful comment, much appreciated.

    – AndreaEL

  • 1Nino
    1Ninoalmost 4 years ago

    Superb !!!…Tony

  • Thank you Tony for your wonderful comment, much appreciated.

    – AndreaEL

  • lynn carter
    lynn carteralmost 4 years ago

    beautiful, info was very interesting too

  • Thank you Lynn for your wonderful comment, much appreciated. Glad you enjoyed the info.

    – AndreaEL

  • Vanessa Barklay
    Vanessa Barklayalmost 4 years ago

    Very sweet and great info once more Andrea! :O)

  • Thank you Vanessa for your lovely comment, much appreciated.

    – AndreaEL

  • gingermegs
    gingermegsalmost 4 years ago

    Beautiful and so interesting! :)Mary

  • Thank you Mary for your lovely comment, much appreciated. I found the info fascinating too.

    – AndreaEL

  • Colin Metcalf
    Colin Metcalfalmost 4 years ago

    Nice one!

  • Thank you Colin for your lovely comment, much appreciated.

    – AndreaEL

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