It’s been going on for thousands of years, this habit we have of choosing stereotypical gifts for men and women. Viking women had pretty brooches and ornaments for their hair. Johannes Lehmann, author of The Hittites states:
“Obsidian mirrors associated with female burials were found mainly in cult-rooms, for instance, and male grave-gifts of polished bone belt-fasteners exclusively in shrines.”
This just struck a chord with me. It’s not the stereotypicalness of this that amazes me but how it made me feel. It rang of gift giving and brought about that feeling that repeats itself again and again in my life – men are hard to buy small token gifts for. When I saw that “bone belt-fastener” I could picture myself in a department store cringing at the cliché gifts for men but here it was 7,000-8,000 years ago. Some things never change.
And in all honesty, I could use a little mirror for my purse, I don’t wear a belt but my husband does and he would never carry a mirror in his wallet.
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