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The Norse Yggdrasil.

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Conceptual and mythological "trees of life"

Various forms of trees of life appear in folklore, culture and fiction, often relating to immortality or fertility. These often hold cultural and religious significance to the peoples for whom they appear. For them, it may also strongly be connected with motifs of the world tree, or the axis mundi. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... For other uses, see Culture (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Fiction (disambiguation). ... This article is about living for infinite period of time. ... Fertility is the natural capability of giving life. ... In certain Indo-European religions there was a belief in a world tree, such as Yggdrasil, in Norse mythology, an Oak in Slavic mythology and in Hinduism, a banyan tree. ... Mount Kailash, depicting the holy family of Shiva and Ganesha The axis mundi (axis of the world or world axis), in religion or mythology, is the world center and/or the connection between heaven and Earth. ...


Assyria

  • The Assyrian Tree of Life is represented by a series of nodes and criss-crossing lines. It is an important religious symbol among these peoples. It is often attended to by Eagle Headed Gods/Priests or the King himself.

For other uses, see Assyria (disambiguation). ...

China

  • In Chinese mythology a carving of a Tree of Life depicts a bird and a dragon - in Chinese mythology the dragon often represents immortality. There is also the Taoist story of a tree that produces a peach every three thousand years. The one who eats the fruit receives immortality.
  • An archaeological discovery in the 1990s was of a sacrificial pit at Sanxingdui in Sechuan, China. Dating from about 1200 BCE, it contained 3 bronze trees, one of them 4 metres high. At the base was a dragon, and fruit hanging from the lower branches. At the top is a strange bird-like creature with claws. Also from Sechuan, from the late Han dynasty (c 25 - 220 CE) is another tree of life. The ceramic base is guarded by a horned beast with wings. The leaves of the tree are coins and people. At the apex is a bird with coins and the Sun.

Chinese mythology is a collection of cultural history, folktales, and religions that have been passed down in oral or written form. ... For other uses, see Bird (disambiguation). ... It has been suggested that European dragon be merged into this article or section. ... Taoism (Daoism) is the English name referring to a variety of related Chinese philosophical and religious traditions and concepts. ... Binomial name (L.) Batsch Percentages are relative to US recommendations for adults. ... Sanxingdui (三星堆 san1 xing1 dui1) is an archaeological site, about 40 kilometres from Chengdu in Sichuan Province, China. ... Sichuan (Chinese: 四川; pinyin: Sìchuān; Wade-Giles: Ssu-ch`uan; non-standard transliteration: Szechwan) is a province in central-western China with its capital at Chengdu. ... “Era Vulgaris” redirects here. ... Assorted ancient Bronze castings found as part of a cache, probably intended for recycling. ... ‹ The template below (Unit of length) is being considered for deletion. ... Han Dynasty in 87 BC Capital Changan (202 BC–9 AD) Luoyang (25 AD–190 AD) Language(s) Chinese Religion Taoism, Confucianism Government Monarchy History  - Establishment 206 BC  - Battle of Gaixia; Han rule of China begins 202 BC  - Interruption of Han rule 9 - 24  - Abdication to Cao Wei 220... “Era Vulgaris” redirects here. ... Fixed Partial Denture, or Bridge The word ceramic is derived from the Greek word κεραμικός (keramikos). ... Sol redirects here. ...

Ancient Egypt

  • In Egyptian mythology, in the Ennead system of Heliopolis, the first couple, apart from Shu & Tefnut (moisture & dryness) and Geb & Nuit (earth & sky), are Isis & Osiris. They were said to have emerged from the acacia tree of Saosis, which the Egyptians considered the tree of life, referring to it as the "tree in which life and death are enclosed". A much later myth relates how Set killed Osiris, putting him in a coffin, and throwing it into the Nile, the coffin becoming embedded in the base of a tamarisk tree.
  • The Egyptian's Holy Sycamore also stood on the threshold of life and death, connecting the two worlds.

Egyptian mythology or Egyptian religion is the succession of tentative beliefs held by the people of Egypt for over three thousand years, prior to major exposure to Christianity and Islam. ... The Ennead (a word derived from Greek, meaning the nine) is a grouping of nine deities, most often used in the context of Egyptian mythology. ... Heliopolis (Greek Ἡλίου πόλις) was one of the most ancient cities of Egypt, and capital of the 13th Lower Egyptian nome. ... Shu may refer to: Scoville Heat Unit is a measurement of how hot a chile pepper is. ... In Egyptian mythology, Tefnut is a goddess of water and fertility, indeed her name means moist waters (i. ... ... In the Ennead mythology, Nuit (alternatively spelt Nut) was the sky goddess, in contrast to most other mythologies, which usually have a sky father. ... Isis is a goddess in Egyptian mythology. ... For other uses, see Osiris (disambiguation). ... Species About 1,300; see List of Acacia species Acacia is a genus of shrubs and trees belonging to the subfamily Mimosoideae of the family Fabaceae, first described in Africa by the Swedish botanist Linnaeus in 1773. ... In Egyptian mythology, Saosis was a goddess, known principally for her acacia tree, located north of Heliopolis. ... Set, in KV34 Set (also Setekh, Seth, etc) was originally a god of strength, war, storms, foreign lands (and foreigners) and deserts in Egyptian mythology. ... For other uses, see Osiris (disambiguation). ... The Nile (Arabic: , transliteration: , Ancient Egyptian iteru, Coptic piaro or phiaro) is a major north-flowing river in Africa, generally regarded as the longest river in the world. ... Species Tamarix africana Tamarix anglica Tamarix aphylla Tamarix canariensis Tamarix chinensis Tamarix dioica Tamarix gallica Tamarix hispida Tamarix indica Tamarix juniperina Tamarix parviflora Tamarix ramosissima Tamarix tetrandra The genus Tamarix, known as tamarisk or (US) saltcedar, comprises about 50-60 species of deciduous or evergreen shrubs or small trees growing... Sycamore is a name applied at various times and places to three very different types of trees, but with somewhat similar leaf forms. ...

Germanic paganism

  • In Germanic paganism, trees played (and, in the form of reconstructive Heathenry and Germanic neopaganism, continue to play) a prominent role, appearing in various aspects of surviving texts and possibly in deity names.
  • The tree of life appears in Norse religion as Yggdrasil, the world tree, a massive tree (sometimes considered a yew or ash tree) with extensive lore surrounding it.
  • Perhaps related to the Yggdrasil, accounts have survived of Germanic Tribes honouring sacred trees within their societies. Examples include Thor's Oak, Sacred groves and the Irminsul.

ROSIE IS A GERMN LADYGermanic paganism refers to the religion of the Germanic nations preceding Christianization. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Germanic neopaganism. ... The Mjolnir is one of the primary symbols of Germanic neopaganism. ... Norse, Viking or Scandinavian mythology comprises the indigenous pre-Christian religion, beliefs and legends of the Scandinavian peoples, including those who settled on Iceland, where most of the written sources for Norse mythology were assembled. ... This tree from the Viking Age Överhogdal tapestries is believed to show Yggdrasil with Viðópnir. ... Binomial name Taxus baccata L. Taxus baccata is a conifer native to western, central and southern Europe, northwest Africa, northern Iran and southwest Asia. ... Species See text European Ash in flower Narrow-leafed Ash (Fraxinus angustifolia) shoot with leaves Closeup of European Ash seeds 19th century illustration of Manna Ash (Fraxinus ornus) An ash can be any of four different tree genera from four very distinct families (see end of page for disambiguation), but... The term Germanic peoples may refer to: the Germanic tribes that in the first millennium were seen as a barbarian threat by the Roman Empire and its successors; the Germanic Christianity that in the second millennium came to dominate much of Northern Europe, politically organized in the Holy Roman Empire... Thors Oak was an ancient tree sacred to the Germanic tribe of the Chatti, ancestors of todays Hessians, and one of the most important sacred sites of the Germans. ... Sacred groves were a feature of the mythological landscape and the cult practice of Old Europe, of the most ancient levels of Scandinavian mythology, Greek mythology, Slavic mythology, Roman mythology, and in Druidic practice. ... Detail of the bent Irminsul on the Externsteine relief. ...

Hebraic monotheism

The Kabbalah Tree of Life derived from the Flower of Life.
  • The Tree of Life is mentioned in the Books of Genesis, in which it has the potential to grant immortality to Adam and Eve, in Proverbs where it's a simile for a blessing, and Revelation, in which it is referred to as the 'Wood of Life'. (However, it is not immediately obvious, nor is it universally accepted, that the Book of Genesis account and the Book of Revelation account speak of the same Tree of Life.)
  • A Tree of Life, in the form of ten interconnected nodes, is an important part of the Kabbalah.
  • The Tree of Life appears in the Book of Mormon in a revelation to Lehi (see 1 Nephi 8:10-12). It is symbolic of the love of God (see 1 Nephi 11:21-23), and sometimes understood as salvation and post-mortal existence.
  • The Tree of Life sometimes refers to Jesus, as he died on a cross (often symbolically referred to as a tree in Christian imagery) and is understood to bring new life through the Resurrection.

Image File history File links Tree-of-Life_Flower-of-Life_Stage. ... Image File history File links Tree-of-Life_Flower-of-Life_Stage. ... The Flower of Life (click image for links to further images). ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Michelangelos The Creation of Adam, a fresco on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, shows God creating Adam, with Eve in His arm. ... Michelangelos The Creation of Eve, a fresco on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, shows God creating Eve from the side of Adam. ... Genesis (Greek: Γένεσις, having the meanings of birth, creation, cause, beginning, source and origin) is the first book of the Torah (five books of Moses) and hence the first book of the Tanakh, part of the Hebrew Bible; it is also the first book of the Christian Old Testament. ... Visions of John of Patmos, as depicted in the Très Riches Heures du Duc de Berry. ... Category:Sephiroth      Main article: Sephirot (Kabbalah) Tree of life is a mystical concept within the Kabbalah of Judaism which is used to understand the nature of God and the manner in which He created the world ex nihilo (out of nothing). ... This article is about traditional Jewish Kabbalah. ... The Book of Mormon[1] is one of the sacred texts of the Latter Day Saint movement. ... In the Book of Mormon, Lehi (Hebrew לחי Léḥî / Lāḥî jawbone) was an ancient prophet who lived around 600 BC. He was an Israelite of the Tribe of Manasseh. ... In theology, salvation can mean three related things: being saved from something, such as suffering or the punishment of sin - also called deliverance; being saved for something, such as an afterlife or participating in the Reign of God - also called redemption Salvation can also be understood in terms of social... Look up Resurrection in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...

Mesoamerica

  • Among pre-Columbian Mesoamerican cultures, the concept of "world trees" is a prevalent motif in Mesoamerican mythical cosmologies and iconography. World trees embodied the four cardinal directions, which represented also the four-fold nature of a central world tree, a symbolic axis mundi connecting the planes of the Underworld and the sky with that of the terrestrial world.[1]
  • Depictions of world trees, both in their directional and central aspects, are found in the art and mythological traditions of cultures such as the Maya, Aztec, Izapan, Mixtec, Olmec, and others, dating to at least the Mid/Late Formative periods of Mesoamerican chronology. Among the Maya, the central world tree was conceived as or represented by a ceiba tree, and is known variously as a wacah chan or yax imix che, depending on the Mayan language.[2] The trunk of the tree could also be represented by an upright caiman, whose skin evokes the tree's spiny trunk.[3]
  • Directional world trees are also associated with the four Yearbearers in Mesoamerican calendars, and the directional colors and deities. Mesoamerican codices which have this association outlined include the Dresden, Borgia and Fejérváry-Mayer codices.[4] It is supposed that Mesoamerican sites and ceremonial centers frequently had actual trees planted at each of the four cardinal directions, representing the quadripartite concept.
  • World trees are frequently depicted with birds in their branches, and their roots extending into earth or water (sometimes atop a "water-monster", symbolic of the underworld).
  • The central world tree has also been interpreted as a representation of the band of the Milky Way.[5]

A world tree depicted on the sarcophogus lid of the Classic-era Maya ruler of Palenque, Pacal II World trees are a prevalent motif occurring in the mythical cosmologies, creation accounts and iconographies of the pre-Columbian cultures of Mesoamerica. ... The pre-Columbian era incorporates all period subdivisions in the history and prehistory of the Americas before the appearance of significant European influences on the Americas continent. ... Location of Mesoamerica in the Americas. ... Mount Kailash, depicting the holy family of Shiva and Ganesha The axis mundi (axis of the world or world axis), in religion or mythology, is the world center and/or the connection between heaven and Earth. ... This article is about the pre-Columbian Maya civilization. ... It has been suggested that Mexica be merged into this article or section. ... // Overview Izapa was a very large pre-Columbian site located in Chiapas, Mexico, often placed in the Late Formative period. ... Codex Zouche-Nuttall, a pre-Columbian piece of Mixtec writing, now in the British Museum The Mixtec (or Mixteca) are a Native American people centered in the Mexican state of Oaxaca. ... Monument 1, one of the four Olmec colossal heads at La Venta. ... Mesoamerican chronology The chronology of Pre-Columbian Mesoamerica is usually divided into the following eras: Paleo-Indian Period c. ... Species About 10-20 species, including: Ceiba aesculifolia Ceiba glaziovii Ceiba insignis Ceiba pentandra Ceiba speciosa Ceiba trichistandra Ceiba is the name of a genus of many species of large trees found in tropical areas, including Central and South America, The Bahamas,the Caribbean, West Africa, and Southeast Asia. ... The Mayan languages are a family of related languages spoken from South-Eastern Mexico through northern Central America as far south as Honduras. ... Genera Alligator Caiman Melanosuchus Paleosuchus Alligators and caimans are reptiles closely related to the crocodiles and forming the family Alligatoridae (sometimes regarded instead as the subfamily Alligatorinae). ... The Pre-Columbian people of Mesoamerica kept track of time with calendars which had ritual and religious meaning. ... The traditions of indigenous Mesoamerican literature extend back to the oldest-attested forms of early writing in the Mesoamerican region, which date from around the mid-1st millennium BCE. Many of the pre-Columbian cultures of Mesoamerica are known to have been literate societies, who produced a number of Mesoamerican... Maya codices (singular codex) are books written by the pre-Columbian Maya civilization, using the Maya hieroglyphic script. ... Quetzalcoatl in human form, using the symbols of Ehecatl, from the Codex Borgia. ... First page of the Codex Fejérváry-Mayer The Codex Fejérváry-Mayer is an Aztec Codex of central Mexico. ... First page of the Codex Argenteus A codex (Latin for block of wood, book; plural codices) is a handwritten book, in general, one produced from Late Antiquity through the Middle Ages. ... For the confectionery, see Milky Way bar. ...

Other cultures

  • The symbolism of the tree is mentioned in the 135th hymn of the 10th book of Rig-Veda, and in the 15th chapter of Bhagavad-gita (1-4).
  • In the Japanese religion of Shinto, trees were marked with sacred paper symbolizing lightning bolts, as trees were thought to be sacred. This was propagated by the fact that after they passed, ancestors and animals were often portrayed as branches on the tree.
  • The Book of One Thousand and One Nights has a story, 'The Tale of Buluqiya', in which the hero searches for immortality and finds a paradise with jewel-encrusted trees. Nearby is a Fountain of Youth guarded by Al-Khidr. Unable to defeat the guard, Buluqiya has to return empty-handed.
  • The Epic of Gilgamesh is a similar quest for immortality. In Mesopotamian mythology, Etana searches for a 'plant of birth' to provide him with a son. This has a solid provenance of antiquity, being found in cylinder seals from Akkad (2390 - 2249 BCE).
  • One of the earliest forms of ancient Greek religion has its origins associated with tree cults.
  • In Dictionaire Mytho-Hermetique (Paris, 1737) Dom Pernety, one of the most famous alchemist, identify the tree of life with the Elixir or Philosopher's Stone

The Rig Veda ऋग्वेद (Sanskrit ṛgveda from ṛc praise + veda knowledge) is a collection of hymns(each hymn is called a Rucha.) counted among the four Hindu religious scriptures known as the Vedas, and contains the oldest texts preserved in any Indo-Iranian language. ... Krishna reveals his Vishvarupa form to Arjuna during their discourse of the Bhagavad Gita. ... Shinto ) is the native religion of Japan and was once its state religion. ... For information on lightning precautions, see Lightning safety. ... Queen Scheherazade tells her stories to King Shahryar. ... For other uses, see Fountain of Youth (disambiguation). ... Al-Khadir (right) and Dhul-Qarnayn, here referring to Alexander the Great, marvel at the sight of a salted fish that comes back to life when touched by the Water of Life. ... The Epic of Gilgamesh is an epic poem from Babylonia and is among the earliest known literary works. ... Mesopotamian mythology is the collective name given to Sumerian, Akkadian, Assyrian, and Babylonian mythologies from the land between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers in Iraq. ... Gilgamesh and Enkidu, cylinder seal impression from Ur III, with oldest type of pictographic cuneiform The Cylinder seals in ancient times, were used to put an impression in clay. ... For the Egyptian writer, see Abbas Al-Akkad. ... “Era Vulgaris” redirects here. ... Greek religion encompasses the collection of beliefs and rituals practiced in Ancient Greece in form of cult practices, there for the practical counterpart of Greek mythology. ... Look up elixir in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... The philosophers stone, in Latin lapis philosophi, is a legendary substance that supposedly could turn inexpensive metals such as lead into gold (chrysopoeia in the Greek language) and/or create an elixir that would make humans younger, thus delaying death. ...

Modern interpretations

  • In Eden in The East (1998), Stephen Oppenheimer suggests that a tree-worshiping culture arose in Indonesia and was diffused by the so-called "Younger Dryas" event of c 8,000 BCE, when the sea-level rose. This culture reached China (Szechuan), then India and the Middle East. Finally the Finno-Ugaritic strand of this diffusion spread through Russia to Finland where the Norse myth of Yggdrasil took root.

Stephen Oppenheimer is a well-known expert in the field of synthesizing DNA studies with archaeological, anthropological, linguistic and other field studies. ... Three temperature records, the GRIP one clearly showing the Younger Dryas event at around 11 kyr BP The Younger Dryas stadial, named after the alpine / tundra wildflower Dryas octopetala, and also referred to as the Big Freeze [1], was a brief (approximately 1300 ± 70 years [1]) cold climate period following... A map showing countries commonly considered to be part of the Middle East The Middle East is a region comprising the lands around the southern and eastern parts of the Mediterranean Sea, a territory that extends from the eastern Mediterranean Sea to the Persian Gulf. ... This tree from the Viking Age Överhogdal tapestries is believed to show Yggdrasil with Viðópnir. ...

Modern use

Music

  • Pictoral representations of the Tree of Life can be found in the album artwork for rock band Mudvayne's L.D. 50; and on the outer casing of the album Salival, by rock band Tool. In addition, the Tree of Life was used in the visual displays shown during several of Tool's concerts, especially during the song Triad.
  • Metal band Dååth (pronounced 'doth') also uses the Tree of Life as a basis for their music.
  • One of the tracks on the soundtrack album for the film The Fountain is called 'Tree of Life'.

Mudvayne is an American metal band. ... LD50 or L.D. 50 can refer to multiple things: LD50, a semilethal dose L.D. 50 (album), an album by Mudvayne This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... Salival is a limited edition box set in CD/VHS and CD/DVD formats released in 2000 by alternative metal band Tool. ... Tool is an American rock band, formed during 1990 in Los Angeles, California, that consists of drummer Danny Carey, bassist Justin Chancellor, guitarist Adam Jones, and vocalist Maynard James Keenan. ... DÃ…Ã…TH or Dååth (IPA: ), formerly known as Dirtnap or Dirt Nap, is a six-piece death metal band with industrial influences, from Atlanta, Georgia signed by Roadrunner Records, whose work is heavily influenced by Daat and Kabbalah. ... The Fountain is a 2006 science fiction/fantasy film directed by Darren Aronofsky that follows three interwoven narratives that take place in the age of conquistadors, the modern-day period, and the far future. ...

Science

The Tree of Life diagram in The Origin of Species.
Graphical representation of the modern "Tree of Life on the Web" project.

"Tree of life" excerpt from Charles Darwin's The Origin of Species [6]: Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (1355x1356, 284 KB) A highly resolved Tree Of Life, based on completely sequenced genomes [1]. The image was generated using iTOL: Interactive Tree Of Life[2], an online phylogenetic tree viewer and Tree Of Life resource. ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (1355x1356, 284 KB) A highly resolved Tree Of Life, based on completely sequenced genomes [1]. The image was generated using iTOL: Interactive Tree Of Life[2], an online phylogenetic tree viewer and Tree Of Life resource. ... Darwins work was originally entitled Phylogeny via Oogeny. ... This article is about the tv programme Life on Earth. ... This article is about evolution in biology. ... For other people of the same surname, and places and things named after Charles Darwin, see Darwin. ... Charles Darwins Origin of Species (publ. ... The evolutionary tree of living things is currently supposed to run something along the lines of that listed below. ... Fig. ... Carl Richard Woese (born July 15, 1928, Syracuse, New York) is an American microbiologist famous for defining the Archaea (a new domain or kingdom of life) in 1977 by phylogenetic taxonomy of 16S ribosomal RNA, a technique pioneered by Woese and which is now standard practice. ... Phyla Crenarchaeota Euryarchaeota Korarchaeota Nanoarchaeota ARMAN The Archaea (), or archaebacteria, are a major group of microorganisms. ...

From the first growth of the tree, many a limb and branch has decayed and dropped off; and these fallen branches of various sizes may represent those whole orders, families, and genera which have now no living representatives, and which are known to us only in a fossil state. As we here and there see a thin, straggling branch springing from a fork low down in a tree, and which by some chance has been favoured and is still alive on its summit, so we occasionally see an animal like the Ornithorhynchus or Lepidosiren, which in some small degree connects by its affinities two large branches of life, and which has apparently been saved from fatal competition by having inhabited a protected station. As buds give rise by growth to fresh buds, and these, if vigorous, branch out and overtop on all sides many a feebler branch, so by generation I believe it has been with the great Tree of Life, which fills with its dead and broken branches the crust of the earth, and covers the surface with its ever-branching and beautiful ramifications.
  • The Tree of Life on the Web is an ongoing Internet project containing information about phylogeny and biodiversity, produced by biologists from around the world. Each page contains information about one group of organisms and is organized according to a branched tree-like form, thus showing hypothetical relationships between organisms and groups of organisms.
  • The phrase the tree of life is often used in association with the DNA molecule, and has sometimes been associated with the maternal placenta.
  • The neuroanatomical term tree of life describes the branching pattern between the cortical greymatter and subcortical white matter of the cerebellum.

The Tree of Life Web Project is an ongoing Internet project and providing information about the diversity and phylogeny of life on Earth. ... In biology, phylogenetics (Greek: phylon = tribe, race and genetikos = relative to birth, from genesis = birth) is the study of evolutionary relatedness among various groups of organisms (e. ... Rainforests are among the most biodiverse ecosystems on earth Biodiversity is the variation of taxonomic life forms within a given ecosystem, biome or for the entire Earth. ... The structure of part of a DNA double helix Deoxyribonucleic acid, or DNA, is a nucleic acid molecule that contains the genetic instructions used in the development and functioning of all known living organisms. ... The placenta is an ephemeral (temporary) organ present in female placental vertebrates during gestation (pregnancy), but a placenta has evolved independently also in other animals as well, for instance scorpions and velvet worms. ... Neuroanatomy is the anatomy of the nervous system. ... The arbor vitae (Latin for Tree of Life) is the cerebellar white matter, so called for its branched, tree-like appearance. ... White matter is one of the two main solid components of the central nervous system. ... The cerebellum (Latin: little brain) is a region of the brain that plays an important role in the integration of sensory perception and motor output. ...

Fiction

The Tree of Life from the film The Fountain.‎
  • Darren Aronofsky's film The Fountain centers around immortality given by the Tree of Life.
  • The Fountain, a graphic novel based on the Tree of Life concepts found in The Fountain film.
  • In the anime movie Ghost in the Shell (Kokaku Kidotai), the auditorium in the old sunken part of Newport City shows one of the walls of the building bearing one type of the Tree of Life being shot at from its base by a tank.
  • In the movie, The End of Evangelion, the Eva series summon the Tree of Life with the Eva-01.
  • In Homeworld, there is a map called the Tree of Life, probably named after the distinctive shape that the space dust forms.
  • The solitary tree in Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot is often thought to be a representation of the Tree of Life.
  • The Hyperion Cantos contains several concepts and (indirect) references to the Tree of Life.
  • In the manga Fullmetal Alchemist, the Gate of Alchemy depicts a representation of the Tree of Life.
  • In the game Legend of Mana, the Mana Tree could possibly represent the Tree of Life.
  • In the game The Legend Of Dragoon the Divine Tree could possibly represent the Tree of Life.

Clive Staples Lewis (29 November 1898 – 22 November 1963), commonly referred to as C. S. Lewis, was an Irish author and scholar. ... The Chronicles of Narnia is a series of seven fantasy novels for children written by C. S. Lewis. ... The Magicians Nephew is a fantasy novel for children written by C. S. Lewis. ... For other uses, see Tree of life (disambiguation). ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Known Space is the fictional setting of several science fiction novels and short stories written by author Larry Niven. ... Warcraft: Orcs & Humans is a real-time strategy computer game developed and published by Blizzard Entertainment in 1994. ... The Night elves are a fictional race in Blizzard Entertainments Warcraft series of computer games and novels. ... This tree from the Viking Age Överhogdal tapestries is believed to show Yggdrasil with Viðópnir. ... Image File history File links Fountain_tree_of_life. ... Image File history File links Fountain_tree_of_life. ... Darren Aronofsky (born February 12, 1969 in Brooklyn, New York) is an American film director, screenwriter and film producer. ... The Fountain is a 2006 science fiction/fantasy film directed by Darren Aronofsky that follows three interwoven narratives that take place in the age of conquistadors, the modern-day period, and the far future. ... Kent Williamss The Fountain graphic novel (ISBN 1-4012-0059-1) The Fountain is a graphic novel illustrated by Kent Williams published in 2005 by Vertigo Comics, based on the script of Darren Aronofskys film The Fountain. ... Motoko Kusanagi from the manga Ghost in the Shell. ... The End of Evangelion ) is a 1997 anime film written and chief directed by Hideaki Anno; it won the Japan Academy Prize for popularity. ... For the term used in science-fiction, see Core worlds. ... Samuel Barclay Beckett (13 April 1906 – 22 December 1989) was an Irish dramatist, novelist and poet. ... Waiting for Godot is a play by Samuel Beckett. ... Hyperion The Hyperion Cantos form a tetralogy of science fiction novels by Dan Simmons. ... Serialized in Monthly Shonen Gangan Original run February 2002 – still running No. ... The Gate of Alchemy in the episode Untainted Child. ... Legend of Mana ) is the fourth game in the Mana series. ... The Legend of Dragoon is an RPG released for the PlayStation in Japan in 1999. ...

Art

The Mona Lisa is perhaps the best-known artistic painting in the Western world. ... Sculptor redirects here. ... welcome:: This is an article about items in a room. ... Jewelry (the American spelling; spelled jewellery in Commonwealth English) consists of ornamental devices worn by persons, typically made with gems and precious metals. ...

Physical (real) "trees of life"

The Aztec civilization recognized a polytheistic mythology, which contained the many gods and supernatural creatures from their religious beliefs. ... Full width of trunk El Árbol del Tule (Spanish for the Tule Tree) is a very large tree located in the church grounds in the town center of Santa María del Tule in the Mexican state of Oaxaca, approximately 13 km (8 miles) from the city of Oaxaca on... Catedral de Santo Domingo The Free and Sovereign State of Oaxaca or simply Oaxaca   is one of the 31 states of Mexico, located in the southern part of Mexico, west of the Isthmus of Tehuantepec. ... Tree of Life, Bahrain The Tree of Life (Arabic: شجرة الحياة; transliterated: Shajarat al-Hayah) is a 400-year old mesquite tree in Bahrain which is considered a natural wonder. ... Map of the Persian Gulf. ... A closeup view of the Tree of Life Animal Kingdom entrance Disneys Animal Kingdom is a theme park at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. ... The Tree of Life is the icon of the Disneys Animal Kingdom The Tree of Life is a massive fourteen story (145 ft. ... This article is about the U.S. state. ... Bonneville Salt Flats The Bonneville Salt Flats are a 121 km² (47 mi²) salt flat in northwestern Utah. ...

Symbolism

In mystical traditions of world religions, sacred texts are read for metaphorical content concerning the relationship between states of mind and the external experience of reality. As such, the tree is a manifestation/causal symbol - the Tree of Life representing the coveted state of eternal aliveness or fulfillment, not immortality of the body or soul. In such a state, physical death (which cannot be overcome) is nevertheless a choice, and direct experience of the perfect goodness/divine reality/god is not only possible, but everpresent. This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


Once the ego (surface consciousness)[7] experiences shame, having been tempted to absorb or believe in duality (such as eating of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil), we are protected from living eternally in that limiting, fallen, experience by the cherubim guarding the gate of return to paradise. The cherubim are symbolic of the perfect knowledge of self[8] or true nature, with the power of purification and return to being. Acculturation in this rulebound reality of good and bad is primarily familial, with not only the effect of confusion, misperception and illusion, but more critically the effect of displacement and psychological misery. Mystics in these religions often attempt the return journey to Self and Unity based on committed effort, and practices that vary between individuals, religions and cultures. This article does not cite its references or sources. ... It has been suggested that Evil Angels be merged into this article or section. ... A cherub (Hebrew כרוב; plural cherubim, כרובים) is an angelic creature mentioned several times in the Tanakh, or Old Testament, and in the Book of Revelation. ... In ontology, a being is anything that can be said to be, either transcendantly or immanently. ... Pocahontas, in England, as Mrs John Rolfe, 1616: engraving after Simon Van de Passe Acculturation is the obtainment of culture by an individual or a group of people. ...


On a much simpler level, the maypole, Christmas tree or New Year tree can be seen as a phallic symbol, worshiped as a way of generating fertility. Dancing around the maypole, in Ã…mmeberg, Sweden The maypole is a tall wooden pole (traditionally of hawthorn or birch), sometimes erected with several long coloured ribbons suspended from the top, festooned with flowers, draped in greenery and strapped with large circular wreaths, depending on local and regional variances. ... A Christmas tree from 1900. ... // Russian Tradition A New Year Tree is a Russian equivalent of Christmas Tree. ... Mural of Mercury in Pompeii. ...


See also

Mount Kailash, depicting the holy family of Shiva and Ganesha The axis mundi (axis of the world or world axis), in religion or mythology, is the world center and/or the connection between heaven and Earth. ... In certain Indo-European religions there was a belief in a world tree, such as Yggdrasil, in Norse mythology, an Oak in Slavic mythology and in Hinduism, a banyan tree. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ... Tree of Knowledge may refer to: The Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil mentioned in the Book of Genesis The Bodhi tree under which the Buddha received enlightenment according to Buddhism The metaphysical Tree of Jiva and Atman in Vedic mythology The Axis mundi, or world axis, which takes... Trees have played an important role in many of the worlds mythologies and religions. ... // Russian Tradition A New Year Tree is a Russian equivalent of Christmas Tree. ... Category:Sephiroth      Main article: Sephirot (Kabbalah) Tree of life is a mystical concept within the Kabbalah of Judaism which is used to understand the nature of God and the manner in which He created the world ex nihilo (out of nothing). ... The tree of life. ... Fig. ... Sidrat al-Muntahā (Arabic: سدرة المنتهى ) is a lote tree that marks the end of the seventh heaven, the boundary where no creation can pass, according to Islamic beliefs. ... The Fountain is a 2006 science fiction/fantasy film directed by Darren Aronofsky that follows three interwoven narratives that take place in the age of conquistadors, the modern-day period, and the far future. ... Kent Williamss The Fountain graphic novel (ISBN 1-4012-0059-1) The Fountain is a graphic novel illustrated by Kent Williams published in 2005 by Vertigo Comics, based on the script of Darren Aronofskys film The Fountain. ... Five Trees in Paradise is a mysterious concept from famous coptic Gospel of Thomas NHC 2: (gnostic library from Nag Hammadi in Egypt) 19th saying/logia of Jesus and other sources of religious mythology. ... Fleurs-de-lys on the flag of Quebec The fleur-de-lis (also spelled fleur-de-lys; plural fleurs-de-lis or -lys) is used in heraldry, where it is particularly associated with the France monarchy (see King of France). ... An antefix in the form of a palmette As an illustration of the way in which the palmette motif was seen by 19th century architects and decorators, who in Europe, America and elsewhere in colonial cities created their own unending variations on the motif as a kind of hallmark of...

Notes

  1. ^ Miller and Taube (1993), p.186.
  2. ^ Finlay (2003)
  3. ^ Miller and Taube, loc. cit.
  4. ^ Ibid.
  5. ^ Freidel, et al (1993)
  6. ^ Darwin, C. (1872), pp. 170-171. The Origin of Species. Sixth Edition. The Modern Library, New York.
  7. ^ http://www.ccel.org/ccel/underhill/mysticism.iii.iii.html, p. 52
  8. ^ Dionysius the Areopagite, "De Caelesti Ierarchia," vi. 2, and vii. 1.

References

  • Palamidessi, Tommaso (2006). Tree of life. Dizionario Enciclopedico di Archeosofia. Archeosofica.
  • Finley, Michael (2003). Raising the sky: The Maya creation myth and the Milky Way. The Real Maya Prophecies: Astronomy in the Inscriptions and Codices. Maya Astronomy. Retrieved on 2007-01-04.
  • Freidel, David A.; Linda Schele and Joy Parker (1993). Maya Cosmos: Three Thousand Years on the Shaman's Path. William Morrow & Co. ISBN 0-688-10081-3. 
  • Miller, Mary; and Karl Taube (1993). The Gods and Symbols of Ancient Mexico and the Maya. London: Thames and Hudson. ISBN 0-500-05068-6. 

Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ... is the 4th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Linda Schele (1942 - 18 April 1998 was a noted expert in the field of Maya epigraphy and iconography. ... Mary Miller is the master of Saybrook College at Yale University and the Vincent Scully Professor of the History of Art. ... Karl Andreas Taube is an American Mayanist, anthropologist, epigrapher and ethnohistorian, known for his publications and research into the pre-Columbian cultures of Mesoamerica and the American Southwest. ...

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TREE OF LIFE in the Bible Encyclopedia - ISBE (Bible History Online) (1396 words)
After guiltily partaking of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, and the sinful tendency having thus been implanted in their natures, the man and woman are driven forth from the Garden lest they should eat of the tree of life and live forever (Gen 3:22).
So the tree of life is a picture of the glorious possibilities which lay before primitive man, and which might have been realized by him had not his sin and sinful condition prevented it.
The allusion in this verse is doubtless to Gen 2:9; 3:22.
Tree Of Life (International Standard Bible Encyclopedia) :: Bible Tools (1574 words)
The tree was in the midst of the Garden, and its fruit of such a nature as to produce physical immortality (Genesis 2:9; Genesis 3:22).
After guiltily partaking of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, and the sinful tendency having thus been implanted in their natures, the man and woman are driven forth from the Garden lest they should eat of the tree of life and live forever (Genesis 3:22).
The allusion in this verse is doubtless to Genesis 2:9; Genesis 3:22.
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