Myrrh Discover the Christmas custom, story, myth and legend associated with Myrrh. This festive tradition and Christmas custom, with its familiar symbol and meaning, has evolved over time. But what is the history, meaning
and origin of Myrrh? This
article provides facts and information about the history of
as a familiar symbol which has specific religious significance to the Christian
religion and the Nativity of Jesus Christ. Myrrh is an aromatic gum resin which was
primarily obtained from the bark of a small desert tree known as
Commifera Myrrha or the Dindin tree. Myrrh was used by the
Israelites as perfumed ointments in their funeral anointing
preparations which postponed the decay and alleviated the odors of
The Gifts given
by the Magi The Magi, or
Three Wise Men, presented the
with Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh, three gifts which were fit for a king.
Myrrh (an embalming
oil) was used as an anointing oil and as a symbol of
Frankincense was used
as a perfume, symbolizing prayer and the priesthood
Gold as a symbol of
kingship on earth, symbolizing virtue
The names of the 'Magi' are not mentioned in the Bible. They are referred
to by a variety of different names but in the traditional Western
Christian church they are commonly known as Caspar, Melchior, and
Balthasar. These names were detailed in an early 6th century Greek
manuscript in Alexandria. Tradition says that the Myrrh was
presented to the infant Jesus by Melchior.
What is Myrrh? The word is
familiar to all Christians but what exactly is Myrrh? Myrrh is a
gum-resin primarily obtained from the Commifera Myrrha or the Dindin
tree but also other species of trees found in the areas of Yemen,
Somalia, the eastern parts of Ethiopia Jordan. Myrrh is a
reddish-brown resinous material, the dried sap of various trees
is Myrrh obtained from a Tree? To obtain the Myrrh a
deep incision is made in the trunk of the tree and the sap, or
resin, is drained. When the
milk-like juice has dried and hardened by exposure to the atmosphere.
The myrrh hardens into tear-dropped shaped chunks and is then made
into ointments or perfumes or ground into a powder.
What was Myrrh
used for? Myrrh was highly valued for its
use in embalming, or anointing of the dead. It also used as an
expensive perfume. As a medicine it was in former times in high repute.
The Romans was believed to be an antidote to hemlock and recommended
for tumours, cancer, and leprosy. In the East Myrrh was also
found to be effective as an external application in infections, boils and sores
as it was believed to hold anti-inflammatory and antiseptic
properties. Myrrh is therefore credited as a stimulant or tonic and
its astringent properties.
Myrrh Christmas is
celebrated worldwide, throughout the Christian population of
2275 million people,
but is also celebrated by many non-Christians as a secular, cultural
festival. Customs and traditions are symbolized by familiar symbols
and icons, such as the Myrrh, have come to represent the spirit
and meaning of this special time of the year.
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