Eventually, the fruit made its way from East Asia to India, where it was used as a remedy for gastrointestinal issues (hence its Latin name, Citrus medica) and appeared in iconography as a fertility symbol
. From there it traveled to Iran, when the Persian Empire conquered northwestern India around 518 BCE.
Henna is also believed to be a fertility symbol
in Egypt, so drawing several henna shapes around the bride's body is a wish from her family and friends to start a new life blessed with many children.
Lest we forget they gave us the maypole - a potent fertility symbol
for us all to dance around.
They also have associations with Christianity (the holly's white flowers for the purity of the Virgin Mary and red berries for Jesus' blood) and with older pagan beliefs (the mistletoe is a fertility symbol
, which is why we kiss under it).
The creature is said to be endowed with magical powers and due to the very large number of eggs it lays at a time, considered as a fertility symbol
. People often wear amulets with the animal on their arms for its sheer power.
It may be considered as a tried and tested theme, but regardless of whether the intention of any figurative form created is to serve the purpose of a fertility symbol
, or an object of worship or as an object purely of desire, the female form will continue to inspire the creativity in artists for centuries to come.
It is regarded in the Seychelles as a powerful aphrodisiac and revered as a fertility symbol
. Such is its value that an auction website has set minimum bids for a 19th Century Coco de Mer at 340 pounds.
The history of using holly to decorate our homes goes back way beyond Christian times when it was used as a fertility symbol
and as a charm against witchcraft.
The church is famous for its Saxon fertility symbol
still in place over the north door.
UNITED KINGDOM: A huge chalk giant who has long raised eyebrows among visitors is being given a clean-up to stop the ancient British fertility symbol
disappearing into the hillside.The Cerne Abbas Giant, carved into the side of a chalk hill in Dorset, England, had risked becoming the invisible man after a wet summer left him all-but hidden under moss.
VICTORIA Beckham is to have a fertility symbol
tattooed on her inner thigh in a bid to ensure her next baby is a girl.
The 17th-century chalk outline of the naked, sexuallyaroused, club-wielding giant has become a fertility symbol
to childless couples.