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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 symbolis 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.


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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 symbolis 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.

30 review for Myths of the Sacred Tree

  1. 5 out of 5

    Eric

    Finished this recently. Good book. A collection of myths, retold, with commentary at the end of each myth. The themes of the collected myths are trees, and women. There's a lot to enjoy here. A good, fun, solid read for adults; for kids, too, with a little guidance. Finished this recently. Good book. A collection of myths, retold, with commentary at the end of each myth. The themes of the collected myths are trees, and women. There's a lot to enjoy here. A good, fun, solid read for adults; for kids, too, with a little guidance.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Eri Imayani

    Story is our way of learning. A wonderful closing. I want to read more about trees.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Stephen Pearl

    This book is a fine example of the symbolic interpretation of myths. The Tree theme ties stories from cultures around the world together and grants a reflective insight into our own existence. Though at times the writers religious bias does come through it is easy to ignore in light of the insights she brings to the work. All in all, this is an excellent book with a lot to teach the open minded reader. Also not a bad read as it is phrased in a light, easy-reading way that draws one along and make This book is a fine example of the symbolic interpretation of myths. The Tree theme ties stories from cultures around the world together and grants a reflective insight into our own existence. Though at times the writers religious bias does come through it is easy to ignore in light of the insights she brings to the work. All in all, this is an excellent book with a lot to teach the open minded reader. Also not a bad read as it is phrased in a light, easy-reading way that draws one along and makes the ancient stories come alive. I highly recommend this work to anyone who understands and respects the view that mythology, of all societies, is a mirror that grants us insights into our mental and spiritual natures if we are willing to spend the time and effort to look past the trivial surface story.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Lizy

    thought this book was going to be all about different cultures views on trees, like highlighting Yggdrasil and the druid's worship of oak trees, the Tree of Life myth, etc. Instead, it was like reading a series of stories that only vaguely had something to do with trees, juxtaposed with commentary where the author is clearly misreading the story or finding meaning out of nothing. I was rather disappointed. thought this book was going to be all about different cultures views on trees, like highlighting Yggdrasil and the druid's worship of oak trees, the Tree of Life myth, etc. Instead, it was like reading a series of stories that only vaguely had something to do with trees, juxtaposed with commentary where the author is clearly misreading the story or finding meaning out of nothing. I was rather disappointed.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Dave Lusby

    The telling of the myths mostly felt rushed, most no more than 2 pages long, I came away with the feeling of not having read anything of substance. Meanwhile the author's comments were longer than the myths and examined though a Judeo-Christian lens, regardless of the cultural origin of the tale being discussed. The telling of the myths mostly felt rushed, most no more than 2 pages long, I came away with the feeling of not having read anything of substance. Meanwhile the author's comments were longer than the myths and examined though a Judeo-Christian lens, regardless of the cultural origin of the tale being discussed.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    While some of the stories were interesting, the trees in the stories often were not sacred in themselves. I felt the commentaries were shallow and often missed what seemed to be point of the stories.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Elfofbooks

  8. 5 out of 5

    Colin McKenzie

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    Janet DeCastro

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    Kelly Mamone

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    Melissa Warren

  12. 4 out of 5

    John Hannam

  13. 4 out of 5

    Lacey Skorepa

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Bradshaw

  15. 4 out of 5

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    Pia

  17. 5 out of 5

    Kristina

  18. 5 out of 5

    kim Fitzpatrick

  19. 4 out of 5

    A.B. Robinette

  20. 5 out of 5

    Carol Ochs

  21. 4 out of 5

    Grace

  22. 4 out of 5

    Lola

  23. 4 out of 5

    Sara Miranda

  24. 5 out of 5

    Kim Dicso

  25. 5 out of 5

    Gary Moorehead

  26. 4 out of 5

    Kay Wright-Kaiser

  27. 5 out of 5

    Ann

  28. 4 out of 5

    helsminion

  29. 4 out of 5

    Maie Abou Se'eda

  30. 4 out of 5

    Maria

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