In researching MotDs for this week’s theme, Earrings, I found an interesting wired pair with stone chips woven into them. Inspiration struck and here we are with this week’s Mandala of the Week.
From JewelleryPassion.net about the history of earrings:
In ancient times earrings were a predominantly male ornament. They were popular even 7000 years ago in ancient Asia. Egyptians and Assyrians used earrings to signify the fact that they belong to a higher class.
In ancient Rome earrings were worn only by slaves, while in ancient Greece they were the ornament of prostitutes. Wealthy Greek and Roman ladies also wore earrings set with pearls to display their social status…
During the Middle Ages in Europe male earrings alternated between being popular and being out of style for long periods of time until in the 13th century when the Catholic Church forbade the piercing of ears…stating that a person cannot alternate his or her body which is created in the image of God.
“Instead of being presented with stereotypes by age, sex, color, class, or religion, children must have the opportunity to learn that within each range, some people are loathsome and some are delightful.” ~ Margaret Mead
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