Nearly every plant known to mankind has been used historically in some sort of spiritual or magical way, and the Fig is no exception. The Fig's most popular historical debut is in the book of Genesis. In the Garden of Eden when Adam and Eve supposedly committed the very first sin of humanity and subsequently realized and became ashamed of their nakedness, it was the Fig's leaves they used to cover up. So naturally the act of hiding or covering up one's secrets that may be embarrassing or distasteful has become one of the Fig's prominent characteristics, as seen in many paintings and sculptures that make use of the Fig leaf to cover sexual organs.
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