The Tree of the World
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Variously represented as the Garden of Eden, the Ka’bah, a pillar of fire, any one of several holy mountains, Golgotha, the Bodhi Tree, the center of a mandala, an altar, the human body, and the earth’s navel, the world tree is a pan-cultural symbol. Its meaning is found in the metaphysical principle of creation and manifestation.
From a strictly contemporary point of view, the tree of the world is a historically anachronistic trope; it’s central to several ideologically suspect (religious) myths.
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