The Judean Date Palm: Extinct Tree Resurrected from Ancient Seeds

By | September 17, 2020
The ancient Judean date palm tree has been resurrected

For thousands of years, the date palm was a staple crop. In the Kingdom of Judea it was a source of food, shelter, medicine, and shade. But the plant went extinct due to waves of conquest and intentional destruction. But now, after 2,000 years, the Judean date palm is back and the sweet ancient fruit has been harvested once again.

A Symbol of Good Fortune

Thick forests of the ancient date palms towering up to 80 feet (24.38 meters) and spreading for 7 miles (11.27) covered the Jordan River valley from the Sea of Galilee in the north to the shores of the Dead Sea in the south.

Ancient Judean date palm trees resurrected from ancient seeds. (The Arava Institute for Environmental Studies)

So valued was the tree that it became recognized as a symbol of good fortune in Judea. It is chronicled in the Bible, Quran, and ancient literature for its diverse powers. It has allegedly served as both an aphrodisiac and a contraceptive, and as a cure for a wide range of health issues including cancer, malaria, and toothache.

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The Aokigahara Forest of Japan: Many Enter, But Few Walk Out Alive

By | September 16, 2020
A collection of shoes, presumably from those who have taken their lives, inside Aokigahara forest.

The Aokigahara forest is situated on the north-western side of Japan’s famous Mount Fuji.  Over the centuries, many people have entered the forest, but fewer have left it. This is because, sadly, the forest is notorious for being one of the most popular places in the world to commit suicide. As a matter of fact, the number of people taking their own lives in this forest is reported to be second only to the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco.

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