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Mircea Eliade – The Tree in Africa and the Indus valley



Type of Spiritual Experience


I cannot put two sources even though two are mentionned, so I have chosen the African tribal as the comparison is interesting in beliefs


A description of the experience

Patterns in Comparative Religion – Mircea Eliade

 All over Africa and in India sap filled trees symbolise  divine motherhood and are therefore venerated by women, as well a sought out by the spirits of the dead who want to return to life..............

The presence of the goddess beside a plant symbol confirms one meaning that the tree possesses in archaic iconography and mythology; that of being an inexhaustible source of cosmic fertility.  In the pre-Aryan civilisation of the Indus valley, of which we have learnt such a lot from the excavations of the Harrappa and Mohenjo-Daro, the identification of the Great Goddess with vegetation is represented either by association – nude goddesses of the Yaksini type beside ficus religiosa, or by a plant emerging from the  goddess's genital organs.

The source of the experience

African tribal

Concepts, symbols and science items


Disembodied soul

Science Items

Activities and commonsteps