…for the fifth day of Christmas. From a religious perspective the rings represent:
These five books are called the Pentateuch (pronounced pen-ta-teuk), from the Greek penta, five, and teuchos, book. These books were written mostly by Moses. The last chapter, telling of Moses’ death, probably was added by Joshua.
1. Genesis means beginning. The book of Genesis is the only dependable record of the beginning of the world. Moses compiled the book from earlier documents, marking them with Divine approval.
Genesis also traces briefly the history of mankind through many centuries until the children of Israel were living in Egypt about 1500 B.C.
2. Exodus means going out. This book tells how the people of Israel went out of Egypt and at Mount Sinai received from God the law that was to govern them.
3. Leviticus takes its name from the tribe of Levi, one of the twelve tribes of Israel. All the men of this tribe were dedicated to religious service. One family of them became priests, and the rest were assistants to the priests, musicians in the choir and orchestra, or caretakers in the tabernacle. The book of Leviticus contains special laws for the Levites and worship.
4. Numbers is so called because it tells how the people of Israel were numbered, or counted, in national census. It also records parts of the law not included in Exodus, and tells of the wandering of Israel in the desert between Sinai and the Promised Land.
5. Deuteronomy means the second law or repeated law. It records Moses’ final addresses to his people, in which he repeated much of the law recorded in Exodus for a new generation.
The Aussie version I’ve been using says: “On the fifth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me: 5 Bar-be-ques…” 5 barbeques!?!?! Well then, here’s a link, take your pick! I’d rather go with the gold/golden rings OR even the ring-necked pheasant. According to this article:
On the fifth day of Christmas my true love sent to me: Five Golden Rings
This is another case where a literal reading of the verse obscures its true meaning. Why would the benefactor in this ballad vacillate from birds to jewelry to birds again? Another interpretation of this line introduces consistency to the offerings. The golden rings are actually ring-necked birds. Common (Ring-necked) Pheasants (Phasianus colchicus) were introduced to England from China and other parts of Asia in medieval times…
Makes much more sense than 5 barbeques and I have no doubt that if I delved further I would find many more “meanings” behind this one verse. 5 barbeques indeed! 😉