Is this the reason behind Patriarchal Societies?
And the inferiority complex of women?..
Or for that matter
The many complexes of women…
And between women and men…
Temptation, fall, and expulsion from the garden
Adam, Eve, and the (female) serpent at the entrance to Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France. The portrayal of the image of the serpent as a mirror of Eve was common in earlier iconography as a result of the identification of women as the source of human original sin
The serpent tells the woman that she will not die if she eats the fruit of the tree: “For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and bad.”So the woman eats, and gives to the man who also eats. “Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves aprons.” The man and woman hide themselves from God, the man blaming the woman for giving him the fruit, and the woman blaming the serpent. God curses the serpent, “upon your belly you shall go, and dust you shall eat all the days of your life;” the woman he punishes with childbirth (and the pain therein), and with subordination to man: “your desire shall be for your husband and he shall rule over you;” and Adam[ he punishes with a life of toil: “In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread till you return to the ground.” The man names his wife Eve,“because she was the mother of all living.”
“Behold,” says God, “the man has become like one of us, knowing good and evil.” God expels the couple from Eden, “lest he put forth his hand and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever;” the gate of Eden is sealed by cherubim and a flaming sword “to guard the way to the tree of life.”
There is indication that this is not the only version of the story. For other interpretation and historical referance:
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