Paradite

Paradites from the arms of the Polish city Bełchatów.

Paradites from the arms of the Polish city Bełchatów. Paradites from the arms of the Polish city Bełchatów.

Occasionally Adam and Eve may be met with in heraldry.  They can be referred to as Paradites when together or by name if singular.  The origin of paradite of course being one who comes from paradise, since Adam and Eve were cast from paradise before the issue of any other humans, this term only applies to them.

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Adam and Eve. See Paradite.

A Glossary of Terms Used in Heraldry; Parker & Company (1894).


“The family of ADAM in Bavaria improve on Sacred History by eliminating EVE, and by representing ADAM as holding the apple in one hand, and the serpent wriggling in the other. On the other hand, the Spanish family of EVA apparently consider -there is a sufficiently transparent allusion to their own name, and to the mother of mankind, in the simple bearings:  “Or, on a mount in base an apple-tree vert, fructed of the field, and encircled by a serpent of the second.”

A Complete Guide to Heraldry; Arthur Charles Fox-Davies (1909).


Originally posted 2010-01-07 16:33:31.

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