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‘An ape is always an ape, though dressed in scarlet!’ This quote from The Praise of Folly, is just one of many which the humanist, philosopher and writer Erasmus used to express his criticism of people and society. The book was published in 1511 and mocks all sorts of human follies. But is it really all that strange to want to make ourselves look beautiful? To feel the urge to decorate ourselves with make-up and jewellery?
Or can we refute Erasmus’ statement by giving jewellery a deeper meaning? We will start looking for a deeper meaning of the ring in this article. But let’s start with ourselves: the meaning of the finger we wear our ring on.
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Just think about the games held in the Colosseum and other Roman arenas. Whoever survived the fight would be pardoned, but could also still be killed. The gladiator’s life was literally in the Emperor’s hands. If he stuck his thumb up, the gladiator would be pardoned. On the other hand, if the thumb went down ...
All fingers but the thumb had a specific meaning in ancient times.
There were also some other ideas in relation to the wearing of a gold ring on the ring finger, symbolising eternal love. One of the other explanations was that when you bend the little finger or middle finger, the ring finger will always faithfully bend along with them.
TIP: Would you like to find out more about what jewellery meant to the Ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans? Read this article about the jewellery of times gone by, right through to today’s diamond engagement ring.
One reason to suspect the ring isn’t Egyptian and to think it’s even older are the extraordinary, yet different from the Egyptian hieroglyphs, images. The symbol on the Atlantis ring consists of three horizontal bars in the centre, two triangles with a hole above at the outer ends and a row of three squares between the bars and triangles at both ends.
Leader of the Tutankhamun expedition Howard Carter attributed his escape from the curse to the Atlantis ring.
As wedding rings were increasingly being adopted by all classes of the population during this period, there were also a rising number of folktales.
People also thought the wedding ring had to be worn permanently. If the woman lost her wedding ring, she was also set to lose her husband. A wedding ring which broke, would bring even more calamity. In that case both the man and the woman would die before their time ...
The traditional way of greeting a bishop is by kneeling down and kissing his ring. This is a sign of respect and humility for the church authority and is rewarded with the forgiveness of daily sins. Kissing the ring also used to be customary when meeting the king.
During the Middle Ages, when magic played a major role in people’s lives, kings and queens would also wear rings to protect them or provide them with a service. The rings, signet rings and amulets which housed auxiliary devils would be struck at astrologically favourable times.
Rings have been held in great regard throughout the ages.
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