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Myths of the Sacred Tree by Moyra Caldecott

Title Myths of the Sacred Tree
Author Moyra Caldecott
Publisher Destiny Books
Release 1993-09-01
Category Social Science
Total Pages 224
ISBN 9780892814145
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

Essential to life on earth since the beginning of time, trees hold a special place in our collective consciousness: rooted in the earth, reaching skyward, nourished by the elements, and enlivened by the sap running through their veins, they provide a metaphor for what it means to be human. Moyra Caldecott has gathered here a collection of myths celebrating the rich symbolism of trees, all bringing to life a time when the natural world was deeply respected and trees and forests were thought to be inhabited by spirits and divine beings. Bound by the organized structure of modern life, the human spirit yearns for the wildness and freedom of primal nature represented by forests in their natural state. Caldecott's book has captured and given voice to this spirit.

Title The Sacred Tree in Religion and Myth
Author J. H. Philpot
Publisher
Release 1977-04
Category
Total Pages
ISBN 9780849025532
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Ancient cultures around the world have attributed to trees aspects divine and demonic, beneficient and malevolent, magical and mysterious. Frequently linked with cult worship of the sun, moon, and stars, and with sacred springs and stone, tree worship as a pagan ritual was the most widespread. While many books have treated some aspects of tree worship, none has focused on the subject so precisely and with such lively insight as this fine work. Ranging from the deity-inhabited sycamores worshipped in Egypt to the dreaded moss-women of Central Germany, this book presents a fascinating survey of the tree in religion, mythology, and folklore. Invaluable to scholars in many fields, this fascinating compendium of facts, folklore and superstition, enhanced with rare illustrations, will appeal to any reader with an interest in the religions, rituals, and myths of ancient and primitive societies. Book jacket.

Title An Abecedarian of Sacred Trees
Author Mark G. Boyer
Publisher Wipf and Stock Publishers
Release 2016-12-09
Category Religion
Total Pages 288
ISBN 1532604475
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

Every person has seen a tree and maybe planted or climbed one! In all world religions, various trees are considered sacred. Trees have the ability to help us reach wholeness if we learn their wisdom and integrate it into our lives. This abecedarian--a book whose contents are in alphabetical order--explores the spiritual growth that is possible by reflecting on the wisdom of woody plants, which help humans experience the divine. In these pages you can explore trees from Acacia to Zaqqum. For each of the forty entries, the author presents a text identifying the tree, a reflective study, a question for journaling or personal meditation, and a concluding prayer. Some trees you may have heard about, and some may be new to you. The spiritual life is enhanced by the trees that surround and share the earth with us while also disclosing the divine to us.

The Forest in Folklore and Mythology by Alexander Porteous

Title The Forest in Folklore and Mythology
Author Alexander Porteous
Publisher Courier Corporation
Release 2012-04-03
Category Social Science
Total Pages 320
ISBN 0486120325
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

Fascinating compendium of facts, folklore, superstitions, myths, and anecdotes about trees and the forest. Forest customs, sacred groves, mythical forest creatures, tree worship, and much more.

Title A Dictionary of the Sacred Language of All Scriptures and Myths Routledge Revivals
Author G Gaskell
Publisher Routledge
Release 2016-03-10
Category Religion
Total Pages 836
ISBN 1317589424
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

G. A. Gaskell’s Dictionary of the Sacred Language of All Scriptures and Myths, first published in 1923, examines several different aspects of religion, including examples from Ancient Egyptian religion and mythology to modern-day Christianity, providing explanations of gods, events, and symbols in alphabetical order. This is a perfect reference book for students of theology or the history of religion.

The Sacred Tree by J. H. Philpot

Title The Sacred Tree
Author J. H. Philpot
Publisher London MACMILLAN AND CO
Release 1988
Category Alcoholism
Total Pages 136
ISBN
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The reader is requested to bear in mind that this volume lays no claim to scholarship, independent research, or originality of view. Its aim has been to select and collate, from sources not always easily accessible to the general reader, certain facts and conclusions bearing upon a subject of acknowledged interest. In so dealing with one of the many modes of primitive religion, it is perhaps inevitable that the writer should seem to exaggerate its importance, and in isolating a given series of data to undervalue the significance of the parallel facts from which they are severed. It is undeniable that the worship of the spirit-inhabited tree has usually, if not always, been linked with, and in many cases overshadowed by other cults; that sun, moon, and stars, sacred springs and stones, holy mountains, and animals of the most diverse kind, have all been approached with singular impartiality by primitive man, as enshrining or symbolising a divine principle. But no other form of pagan ritual has been so widely distributed, has left behind it such persistent traces, or appeals so closely to modern sympathies as the worship of the tree; of none is the study better calculated to throw light on the dark ways of primitive thought, or to arouse general interest in a branch of research which is as vigorous and fruitful as it is new. For these reasons, in spite of obvious disadvantages, its separate treatment has seemed to the writer to be completely justifiable.

The Mythology of Eden by Arthur George

Title The Mythology of Eden
Author Arthur George
Publisher Rowman & Littlefield
Release 2014-05-23
Category Religion
Total Pages 484
ISBN 0761862897
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

The biblical story of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden is a cornerstone of Western civilization, yet there are still many mysteries concerning its origins and meaning. In The Mythology of Eden, Arthur and Elena George utilize new historical and archaeological discoveries to reveal how the story’s author uses veiled symbolism and mythological storytelling to convey his message about the most profound questions of human existence regarding the divine, life, death, and immortality. This innovative book offers an interdisciplinary interpretation of the Eden story that delves into incorrect assumptions and brings to light details that have previously gone unnoticed. The Mythology of Eden provides a new understanding of the story of Adam and Eve and illuminates the story’s role and meaning in our modern world.

The Sacred Tree by Carole M. Cusack

Title The Sacred Tree
Author Carole M. Cusack
Publisher Cambridge Scholars Publishing
Release 2011-05-25
Category Religion
Total Pages 195
ISBN 1443830313
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The fundamental nature of the tree as a symbol for many communities reflects the historical reality that human beings have always interacted with and depended upon trees for their survival. Trees provided one of the earliest forms of shelter, along with caves, and the bounty of trees, nuts, fruits, and berries, gave sustenance to gatherer-hunter populations. This study has concentrated on the tree as sacred and significant for a particular group of societies, living in the ancient and medieval eras in the geographical confines of Europe, and sharing a common Indo-European inheritance, but sacred trees are found throughout the world, in vastly different cultures and historical periods. Sacred trees feature in the religious frameworks of the Ghanaian Akan, Arctic Altaic shamanic communities, and in China and Japan. The power of the sacred tree as a symbol is derived from the fact that trees function as homologues of both human beings and of the cosmos. This study concentrates the tree as axis mundi (hub or centre of the world) and the tree as imago mundi (picture of the world). The Greeks and Romans in the ancient world, and the Irish, Anglo-Saxons, continental Germans and Scandinavians in the medieval world, all understood the power of the tree, and its derivative the pillar, as markers of the centre. Sacred trees and pillars dotted their landscapes, and the territory around them derived its meaning from their presence. Unfamiliar or even hostile lands could be tamed and made meaningful by the erection of a monument that replicated the sacred centre. Such monuments also linked with boundaries, and by extension with law and order, custom and tradition. The sacred tree and pillar as centre symbolized the stability of the cosmos and of society. When the Pagan peoples of Europe adopted Christianity, the sacred trees and pillars, visible signs of the presence of the gods in the landscape, were popular targets for axe-wielding saints and missionaries who desired to force the conversion of the landscape as well as the people. Yet Christianity had its own tree monument, the cross on which Jesus Christ was crucified, and which came to signify resurrected life and the conquest of eternal death for the devout. As European Pagans were converted to Christianity, their tree and pillar monuments were changed into Christian forms; the great standing crosses of Anglo-Saxon northern England played many of the same roles as Pagan sacred trees and pillars. Irish and Anglo-Saxons Christians often combined the image of the Tree of Life from the Garden of Eden with Christ on the cross, to produce a Christian version of the tree as imago mundi.