Tree of Life

General - A tree appearing in many mythologies, often of unspecified species and having various functions, but always revered. (1) In Africa, Kilembe, the magical tree of life, was brought by the hero Sudika-mbambi when he was born. (2) In Central America, the Nahua call the agave, from which they make pulque, by this name. The Mexicans call it Tonacaquahuit. (3) Arthurian legends say that, in taking the fruit of this tree, Eve broke off a small branch which, after she and Adam had been evicted from Eden, she planted. It grew into a tree, all white, and cuttings from it produced white trees. It turned green when Abel was conceived and red when he was killed by Cain. Solomon's wife had him build a ship which would last for hundreds of years to convey to Galahad his ancestry. The ship contained a bed with white, green and red posts, cut from trees propagated from the originals, and on this bed Solomon placed his own sword, inherited from his father, David, which later became known as the Sword of Strange Girdles. (4) In the lore of the Dyaks, a tree which links heaven and earth. (5) In Egypt, the Stauros, the cross of Horus, is also known as the Toh. (6) The Hindu tree of life, known as Jambu and growing on Mount Meru, is regarded as the axis of the earth and the source of soma. (7) The Irish version of the tree of life is called Crann Bethadh. (8)The Korean version of the tree of life is the Sterculid tree. (9) In Mesopotamian lore it is the symbol of Ishtar and Tammuz. (10) In Siberia, the Yakut tree of life is known as Zambu and is said to grow in paradise. A dragon lives at the base of the tree and the goddess Kybai-Khotun uses the tree as her home. Two rivers are said to emerge from the base of the tree. (11) The Tibetan version is known as Zampu which grows on the sacred mountain Himavan. (12) In the West Indies, the Haitian tree of life is referred to as Grand Bois. Sometimes referred to as Tree of Life, Grand Bois, Grand Bois, Kilembe or Kilembe.

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