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The Sacred Tree

or the tree in religion and myth

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Author: J. H. Philpot
Published: 1897
Language: English
Wordcount: 51,349 / 165 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 37.4
Downloads: 444
Added to site: 2014.10.28
mnybks.net#: 31788
Genre: Non-fiction
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28. From a Babylonian seal 130

CHAPTER I

TREE-WORSHIP--ITS DISTRIBUTION AND ORIGIN

It is the purpose of the present volume to deal as concisely as possible with the many religious observances, popular customs, legends, traditions and ideas which have sprung from or are related to the primitive conception of the tree-spirit. There is little doubt that most if not all races, at some period of their development, have regarded the tree as the home, haunt, or embodiment of a spiritual essence, capable of more or less independent life and activity, and able to detach itself from its material habitat and to appear in human or in animal form. This belief has left innumerable traces in ancient art and literature, has largely shaped the usages and legends of the peasantry, and impressed its influence on the ritual of almost all the primitive religions of mankind. There is, indeed, scarcely a country in the world where the tree has not at one time or

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