FRED HAGENEDER’S GATEWAY TO THE MEANING OF TREES IN CULTURE AND CONSCIOUSNESS

THE MEANING OF TREES

WORLD TREE NEWS

Mythology and shamanism

Monsoon rainforest in Malaysia/Thailand. © Edward Parker

The world's forests are active players in maintaining the equilibrium of world climate, not just passive victims succumbing to global heating.

Fruchtkörper des Falschen Weißen Stängelbecherchens (Hymenoscyphus pseudoalbidus), welches das Eschensterben verursacht (© Wikimedia Commons)

Climate disruption is not the only reason for mass tree dying caused by ever new bugs and diseases. Landgrabbing and pollution have much to answer for.

Three small children walk around an ancient yew tree. © Toby Hindson

The origins of the Yew tree reach back to the Upper Jurassic, the age of dinosaurs. Today the oldest trees of Europe need a better conservation status.

Red yew aril covered by winter ice. © Christian Wolf

The Yew tree (Taxus baccata L.), the oldest native tree species of Europe, is full of surprises and enigmas, both in botany and in natural history as well as cultural history. Here’s a concise introduction.

Sacred tree adorned with colourful ribbons, Lake Baikal

The Birch tree plays a central role in the mythology, initiations and rituals of Siberian and Mongolian shamanism.

Young female pilgrim sitting cross-legged in Buddhas Bodhi tree, Bodh Gaya, Bihar, India. © Lisann Drews

Trees are guardians protecting all life on Earth, just as a single tree gives refreshing shadow under the summer sun. That's why everywhere in the world humans have respected, loved and revered trees. Evidence for this goes way back into the Stone Age. The wisdom of trees is as old as the dawn of human consciousness.