Forbidden Fruit Mask Wedgwood Blue
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Greece is fortunate in having many orchard fruits; pears, plums, apricots and cherries. But no orchard fruit is as significant in Ancient Greek mythology as the humble apple. Apples have been a symbol of good and evil, of magic and of love, but most importantly, apples are the cornerstone to religion, superstition, folklore, history and medicine more than any other fruit. Apples appear in many religious traditions, often as a mystical or forbidden fruit.
Original Sin Fruit
Apollodorus wrote that the apples of the Hesperides “were presented by Gaia to Zeus after his marriage with Hera”.
The chorus in Euripides’ play Hippolytus speaks of “the apple-bearing shore of the Hesperides” where immortal fountains flow “by the place where Zeus lay, and holy Earth with her gifts of blessedness makes the gods prosperity wax great”.
An epigram claiming authorship by Plato states:
I throw the apple at you, and if you are willing to love me, take it and share your girlhood with me. Plato was likely influences by the ancient Greek story of a disgruntled Eris, after she was excluded from the wedding of Peleus and Thetis. In retaliation, she tossed a golden apple. Paris of Troy, appointed to the apple, was tempted the three goddesses: Hera and Athena, Aphrodite was successful with the most beautiful woman in the world, Helen of Sparta. By awarding the apple to Aphrodite, he indirectly causes the Trojan War.
Love Spell Fruit
In an attempt to avoid marriage, the nymph Atalanta outran all her suitors; all but one, Hippomenes. Hippomenes knew that he could not win in a fair race, so he used three golden apples (gifts from Aphrodite) It took all three apples and all of his speed, but Hippomenes was finally successful, winning the race and Atalanta’s hand all because she stopped to collect the apples from the floor.
Eternal youth Fruit
Apples have also been credited with procuring longevity, a power which interested Alexander the Great and which lay at the root of our own folk saying “an apple a day keeps the doctor away”. Legend has it that Alexander, on an expedition which also sought the water of life, found apples capable of prolonging the lives of the priests who fed on them and nothing else to as much as 400 years.
Pure Evil Fruit
To the Pythagoreans and to many others after them, the apple was symbolic of the occult. Split open horizontally, the apple depicts a perfect five point star, the pentagram, the key to the knowledge of good and evil. In Latin the word for apple, malum, is a homonym for the word for evil.
Super comfortable and beautiful!
- Non-medical face masks help you express yourself even when you can't show your face.
- Two layers of soft 100% brushed polyester with sublimation print on the outside layer.
- 7.25" x 4.6" / 18.5 x 11.5 cm with over-ear elastic straps for a snug fit over mouth and nose. Each ear strap is 8" / 20cm
For every mask sold, Cursed Coral will be donating a medical mask to Heart to Heart International.
Donated medical masks will be given to people who are in line for drive through testing, before they get to the testing station.
They will also be used in hospitals and clinics for non-frontline workers, including administrative staff and hospital workers who are delivering food to patients.