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In the fellahin’s story of Adam and Eve, it was a giant wheat plant that grew at the center of the Garden of Eden. Each grain was the size of a cucumber and it was one of those grains that the serpent plucked and gave to Eve. After God banished Adam and Eve from Paradise, he took pity on them and sent a gift with the Angel Gabriel: seven silk handkerchiefs filled with wheat grains. Adam sowed the grains, but they only grew to the shrunken size that the farmers knew and not the giant wheat plant of Eden. It was God’s punishment for their transgression, but also a blessing so that they could continue life.

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