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February 25, 2012

The Curse of Eve?

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It always strikes a nerve with me when someone talks about Eve's curse - the one God supposedly dealt her after she tempted Adam in the Garden of Eden to eat from the Tree of Knowledge. Firstly, Adam was an adult right? It's not like Eve forced him to do squat...

Anyway, many believe that God cursed Eve with painful childbirth. The pain she experiences, in most translations, is her punishment for her disobedience, while Adam's 'toil' is his punishment. However, we don't see the latter as a punishment - in fact, gardening and other such activities are seen in an honourable light. Meanwhile, pain during childbirth is seen as a 'curse'.

But was if this is not the pain God was referring to? I recently read a post on Feminism and Religion questioning this fact.

According to the author, it is possible that the word 'pain' was mistranslated, and it could have been 'sorrow', and in this way, Eve's punishment was that her children would forever be parted from God.

Although I personally believe that the Bible is one of the mechanisms that helped to inspire centuries' worth of the discrimination of women, it is an insightful idea about what the curse might really be.

On the other hand, there is the belief that humanity is actually a hybrid of one or more alien life forms with a creature from Earth, and because of this hybridisation, human women are actually not capable of giving birth. Without the advent of technology, women had a 50/50 chance of surviving childbirth. Strange odds if childbirth is a natural thing, don't you think?

What are your thoughts on this concept?

{Image credit: Michelangelo Buonarroti [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons}

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