The Landscape Guide

Sacred Trees see also

Sacred Gardens

There have been sacred trees in many religions and amongst many peoples.

Hindu: The Bhagavad Gita states that : 'A person who knows the Sacred Tree, with its roots in the Primal Being, its trunk the body of Brahma and its leaves the Holy Teachings, is a true knower of reality.'

Shinto: In the ancient religion of Japan, nature is sacred and therefore trees are sacred.

Aryan: As Frazer notes: 'The worship of the oak tree or of the oak god appears to have been shared by all the branches of the Aryan stock in Europe'.

German: a great tree trunk called Irmensul ('giant column') representing the 'tree of the universe' was set on hilltops.

A tree shrine in India (Jaipur)