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Sacred and Magical Trees
Kayu Abilau, which can be climbed by dream-wanderers when they are in a trance state. Once they have climbed the tree, they can talk to Aping, their god of the forest.
luz, which means “light.” This is because they believed divine light shone mystically from the almond. Jacob experienced his famous dream while staying at Luz, an almond grove in Canaan (Genesis 28:11–19). This divine light is still represented in the menorah today, which contains a light for all seven planets.
Ficus bengalensis) has always been one of the most sacred trees in Asia. It is connected to Brahma, the immortal spirit or essence of the universe. Consequently, in India the banyan tree symbolizes immortality. The banyan tree is also considered remarkable, since it keeps on growing no matter how many of its branches are cut. The banyan is also related to people who grow and develop spiritually. Nowadays, people still water the roots and place offerings on banyan trees to attract good luck, happiness, and fertility.
book, as slices of beech were bound together and written on to preserve knowledge.
Ficus religiosa) at Bodh Gaya in northeastern India, and became Buddha. The sacred tree that Buddha used for shelter became known as bo or bodhi, which means “the tree of awakening.” Pilgrims still visit this sacred sanctuary today and can meditate under trees that are direct descendants of the tree Buddha used.
Because the most important gods lived inside cedar trees, the trees were asked if they could be used in the construction of temples. It was especially important to have cedar doors, as the tree was a door to the divine and the door to a temple also symbolized the entrance to the divine. King Solomon’s temple contained a large amount of cedar, including the ceiling (1 Kings 6:15). King David’s house was built entirely from cedar (2 Samuel 7:2). The cedars of Lebanon are mentioned several times in the Bible (Judges 9:1 5; Psalms 92:12, 104:16, 148:9; Solomon 5:15; Isaiah 2:13; Ezekiel 17:3).