Last year, I helped my niece do a report on Mali for World Geography. While researching we read about a group of nomads that live sometimes in the Mali region called The Fulani. Fulani women are famous for wearing golden earrings attached to red thread. They wear them in their ears or hair. Only married Fulani women wear them, given to them on their wedding day from their husband to be.
This is the cover of one of the books we used for her report. The Fulani lady has her earrings attached to her hair as a symbol that she belongs to a man. Off topic: the blue around her mouth is some kind of paint that they paint on.
Here is a picture of Fantasia wearing Fulani earrings around 2009 or 2010 (?). They have become fashionable for sistas to wear in the United States.
Another Picture of the Fulani earrings
Last week while in Shabbat Scripture Study, the Israelites were talking about wedding rings. They said they were a pagan custom. This was something I did not know. They quoted this scripture: Genesis 24:22, So it was when the camels had finished drinking that the man (Isaac) took a golden nose ring weighing half a shekel and two bracelets for her (Rebekah) wrists weighing ten shekels of gold. The Israelites said this was the custom back then, for a man to give his wife this type of jewelry as a sign of marriage, much like the Fulani whom I had read about. It does seem uncouth today but I think I could wear a bracelet instead of a ring. I don’t think I would look good with a nose ring though, LOL. People did, however, wear rings back then but not wedding rings. Pharaoh gave Joseph a ring as a sign of power, Genesis 41:42, Solomon used a ring to control the demons in the Pseudepigrapha vol. 1, Testament of Solomon pages 960-987 *(I edited here because originally the Israelites said there was no ring and that Solomon used only his authority but now they say there was a ring of authority which makes sense now because Yah gave signet rings spiritual and physical. See my post called ‘the signet ring’) and in the parable of the lost son, the dad puts a ring on the son that returned to him, Luke 15:22. *Judah gave Tamar his signet ring, cord and staff as a pledge in Genesis 38:16-18.
So where does the wedding ring come from? I found the following on the web: The wedding ring cannot be found in the law or testimonies (old and new testaments). The wedding ring comes from paganism. Ancient Idol (statues) wore rings. Pope Gregory I, in 860 AD decreed that as a required statement of nuptial intent, the groom to be had to give his intended an engagement ring. He further decreed the ring be of gold to signify financial sacrifice. The first diamond engagement ring was given by King Maximilian in 1477 to Mary of Burgundy. Wedding rings can be traced to idols and heathen religions. So the wearing of wedding rings is the practice of Idolatry because you are being like the Idol or doing as the Idol does.
The wedding ring is a circle which is said to mean eternal or unending. Marriages were never eternal in The Scriptures but rather until death. Afterward a spouse could be married again, for example, after Sarah died Abraham married Keturah. The wedding ring originated in Babylon. The oldest ring found is in the shaped of the eternal serpent. The Image of the serpent biting its own tail to form the circle. They also worshipped circles, maybe in the place of the sun and moon.
This is an image of the serpent ring
The Israelites did wear jewelry. Remember Yah expressed His love for Israelites in Ezekiel 16:1-14 I adorned you with ornaments, put bracelets on your wrists and a chain on your neck. and I put a jewel in your nose, earrings in your ears and a beautiful crown on your head. Thus you were adorned with gold and silver… the Israelites are married to Yah. We are to have no other before Him.
Um, well, LOL, I guess my husband-to-be and I will be exchanging bracelets at our ceremony before Yah. When you know better, you do better. I learn so much being around the Israelites, our people, and I know it is because of Yah.
*If you came into the truth with wedding bands, save them. You may need that gold, silver or platinum for bartering when the economy crashes.
*Please read the White Linen post parts 1 & 2.
*08/17/2016: A reader recently commented that Gregorius Anicius lived during the Byzantine times and that the above information is not correct. That may be true but one thing still stands… the Gentiles created wedding rings not the Israylites. Wedding rings are not in the bible…
*11/03/2018: Quick Update: Red Coral Beads
A question was just asked by reader of the blog and many of you have asked this same question: Did Israylite men wear ornaments to show that they were married? I have not read any scripture to show that they were married to a woman (or women) but I did read where Yah said that He put ornaments on the Israylites (Yahezql, Ezekiyah 16: 11-13). However, I have read that it is a custom of Nigerians (especially of the Yoruba and Igbo) to wear red coral beads at their wedding, as you can see from the above picture. You can see in the picture above, him ‘sportin’ a coral necklace and bracelet. Some Nigerians also wear more ornate coral beads displays such as head adornments (women) and coral beads across the body. I should add here, that the people (men and women) of the country of Benin also where red coral beads at their weddings. Let me also say that this custom is not just a fashionable trend or fad. I read that the coral beads (mostly) have come from the Mediterranean Sea (which also boarders the country of Ysrayl) and was a major source of coral beads found in Africa between 1200 AD and 1800 AD. So this custom has been going on for a long time and that is just when it was recorded, this custom could be even older. I also wonder if “something red” was a sign of marriage? Since the Fulani also used red but as thread in the earring to show marriage.
The color red maybe symbolism for a blood covenant.