"While most European languages have cognate names for the fruit, stemming from Latin granatum, an exception is the Portuguese term romã which is derived from Arabic ruman--" nativa da Pérsia, espalhou-se por toda a área circundante e pelo mediterrâneo. Granada mudou de nome por ela, na sua era moura. portugueses e espanhóis levaram-na para as américas. antes tinha viajado para a China na rota da seda ou por mar.
para os judeus, na China e na Pérsia, fertilidade; no Corão, pomegranates grow in the gardens of paradise-
"From Chichekli village, Memed had obtained a pair of torn sandals and the clothing of a fifteen-year-old boy. The clothes were of hand-woven cotton, the coat dyed with pomegranate skins..."
Kemal em Ince Memed.
THE LAUGHTER OF POMEGRANATES:
If you buy a pomegranate,
buy one whose ripeness
has caused it to be cleft open
with a seed-revealing smile.
Its laughter is a blessing,
for through its wide-open mouth
it shows its heart,
like a pearl in the jewel box of spirit.
The red anemone laughs, too,
but through its mouth you glimpse a blackness.
A laughing pomegranate
brings the whole garden to life.
Keeping the company of the holy
makes you one of them
Whether you are stone or marble,
you will become a jewel
when you reach a human being of heart.
Plant the love of the holy ones within your spirit;
don’t give your heart to anything
but the love of those whose hearts are glad.
Don’t go to the neighborhood of despair:
there is hope.
Don’t go in the direction of darkness:
The heart guides you to the neighborhood of the
the body takes you to the prison of water and earth.
Give your heart the food of holy friends;
seek maturity from those who have matured.
~ Mawlana Jalal-al-Din Rumi