On the gates of one of the oldest cemeteries in the Al Balad neighborhood of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, there’s a small sign reading “Our Mother Eve.” Inside, there’s a tomb believed by many to be the burial place of Eve, as in Adam and Eve.
It is estimated that the tomb was 120 meters long, three metres wide and six metres high before its condition began to deteriorate decades ago due to the neglect by Wahhabist authorities who believe paying too much attention to a grave site is likely to lead to idolatry. Nonetheless, Eve’s body supposedly ended up in Jeddah, where she might have lived, and was buried here.
The tomb is mentioned in many classic travel narratives from the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and still draws admirers.
- ^ Burton, Richard Francis The Book Of One Thousand Nights And A Night, p. 358
- Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T.E. Lawrence, Chapter VIII
- Beyond The Dunes: An Anthology of Modern Saudi Literature, by Manṣūr Ibrāhīm Ḥāzimī, Salma Khadra Jayyusi