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The sacred tree in religion and myth

Author: J H Philpot, Mrs.
Publisher: Mineola, N.Y. : Dover Publications, 2004.
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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  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: J H Philpot, Mrs.
ISBN: 0486436128 9780486436128
OCLC Number: 54081687
Notes: Originally published: The sacred tree, or, The tree in religion and myth. London ; New York : Macmillan, 1897.
Description: xiv, 178 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: Chapter I. Tree-Worship --
Its Distribution and Origin --
Chapter II. The God and the Tree --
Chapter III. Wood-Demons and Tree-Spirits --
Chapter IV. The Tree in Its Relation to Human Life --
Chapter V. The Tree as Oracle --
Chapter VI. The Universe-Tree --
Chapter VII. Paradise --
Chapter VIII. May Celebrations --
Chapter IX. Christmas Observances.
Other Titles: Sacred tree
Responsibility: J.H. Philpot ; illustrated.
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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."--Jacket.

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