Posted by Charlie on March 13, 2003
In Reply to: Re: Blood is thicker than water posted by ESC on February 18, 2003
: : It was my "understanding" that this phrase originated from bibilical times; specifically with Abraham... that the blood of a covenant was thicker than the water of the womb (birth & family ties). Quite the opposite of what is most commonly believed.
Absolutley, this saying is one of the most misused and does indeed go back to days when 'cutting' a blood covenant was common. ALl true covenants have blood to seal them, from Abraham, to circumcision to marriage (breaking of hymen) To seal an agreement, people would cut their hands and bind them together as a blood covenant.. unbreakable except by death. Which is a stronger agreement than being related to someone 'born of water'