The Sacred Language of Trees

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This insightful and exquisite book explains how our primal relationship with trees--a central theme in religion, myth, and culture--continues to evolve in an age of environmental fragility.
 
Author A. T. Mann explores the properties of trees, and our complicated relationship with them. Stunning arboreal art and photographs celebrate the mystery of trees, enhanced by quotes from poetry, literature, and spiritual texts. Investigating the ...
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Overview

This insightful and exquisite book explains how our primal relationship with trees--a central theme in religion, myth, and culture--continues to evolve in an age of environmental fragility.
 
Author A. T. Mann explores the properties of trees, and our complicated relationship with them. Stunning arboreal art and photographs celebrate the mystery of trees, enhanced by quotes from poetry, literature, and spiritual texts. Investigating the tree in varying guises, from Jungian symbolism to Indian fertility worship, Mann shows us new ways to appreciate them in our conscious and unconscious lives. The Sacred Language of Trees will make us aware of trees' importance to the future of humanity and Earth itself.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402767319
  • Publisher: Sterling Ethos
  • Publication date: 9/4/2012
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 408,467
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

A. T. Mann is an architect, author, and astrologer. He graduated from the Cornell University College of Architecture, practiced in New York City and Rome, and won a Progressive Architecture design citation in 1970. He has written or co-written 20 books (translated into many languages), including Sacred Landscapes (with Lynn Davis), Mandala Astrological Tarot, Sacred Architecture, Sacred Sexuality, and the 2011 Mandala Calendar. Mann has lived and lectured around the world, and has taught at the Danish Design School, the Netherlands Design Institute, and Manchester Metropolitan University. His website is atmann.net.
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Table of Contents

Prologue: A Dream ix

Chapter 1 The Language of the Sacred Trees 1

Chapter 2 Trees, Ecology, and Our Fate 19

Chapter 3 Symbolism of the Tree 31

Chapter 4 Flindu Sacred Trees and Buddha's Bodhi Tree 55

Chapter 5 Chaldean, Babylonian, and Assyrian Tree Myths 83

Chapter 6 Hebrew Tree Symbolism 97

Chapter 7 Greek Tree Myths 107

Chapter 8 The Christian Story of the Paradise Trees of Eden 117

Chapter 9 The Acacia Goddess 127

Chapter 10 The Yggdrasil World Ash Tree 139

Chapter 11 The White Goddess and the Celtic Tree Calendar 149

Chapter 12 Mesoamerican and Native American Trees 159

Chapter 13 Trees and Our Ecological Future 173

Endnotes 179

Bibliography 187

Index 191

Picture Credits 195

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