Human beings, observing the growth and death of trees, the elasticity
of their branches, the sensitivity and the annual decay and revival of
their foliage, see them as powerful symbols of growth, decay and
resurrection. The most ancient cross-cultural symbolic representation of
the universe's construction is the world tree.
The image of the tree of life
is also a favorite in many mythologies. Various forms of trees of life
also appear in folklore, culture and fiction, often relating to immortality or fertilty.
These often hold cultural and religious significance to the peoples for
whom they appear. For them, it may also strongly be connected with the
motif of the world tree.
Urban legends are our modern-day folklore. Describe a cautionary urban legend that you have heard and describe what it was supposed to caution you against. When faced with a similar situation, did the urban legend influence your decision?
May 28th, 2015
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