Salt & Religion

Salt and Religion

The Romans may have paid their soldiers with salt but no one can doubt the use of salt in Religion. Various religions have used salt to symbolize life eternal including Christianity.

There are even Biblical references to salt. According to ‘Strong's Concordance, there are forty-one matches in thirty five verses which reference salt in the English translation of the King James Bible, the earliest being the valley of Siddim which is the Salt sea followed by the story of Lot's wife, who was turned into a pillar of salt when she disobediently looked back at the wicked cities of Sodom . In the New Testament, Matthew 15:3, Jesus speaking to his disciples, “You are the salt of the earth.” It is commonly believed that he was telling them how valuable they were. Their real value lay within them, as spirit or soul. He was reminding them not to pay too much attention to the physical body, but give higher regard to their spiritual essence.

Interestingly, what remains when a human body is cremated is nothing but a pile of salt. Salt has a long history of use in rituals of purification, magical protection, and blessing. Salt has been used throughout the ages as a ward against negative energies or evil spirits. It has even been used to seal covenants! In Germany, salt was put into the corners of the home where newlyweds were to reside to dispel any “bad” or negative energy.

In Jewish tradition, they dip their “Challah” or bread in salt on Sabbath. We remember in the Old Testament that Lot’s wife was turned into a pillar of salt. Again, there is reference to salt as a basic elemental component of the physical body. How about the word “salvation”? Sal is Latin for salt where salt has been used traditionally in the Catholic Church for a number of purifying rituals. Take a close look at Leonardo Da Vinci’s painting of The Last Supper. You’ll see how Jesus’ disciple, Judas, has spilled over a bowl of salt, an absolving and an omen of the evil or wrong deed about to be perpetrated. We still keep this tradition alive today when we throw a pinch of salt over our shoulder to ward off any evil spirit that may be behind our backs.

In one of the Hadith recorded in Sunan Ibn Majah, Prophet Muhammad is reported to have said that: "Salt is the master of your food. God sent down four blessings from the sky - fire, water, iron and salt. In the modern day, even Sumo wrestlers of Japan throw salt into the ring before a match to purify and sanctify the area and drive away any evil spirits. Some religions are still using salt in their daily rituals and this will probably go on for as long as mankind will be on this earth.

we could not list all the references of the same since there are many and we welcome your questions in our forum if you want to know more about Salt and religion.

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