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"After reading this text you will know why shamans have treated trees as wise old oracles with much to teach us." (Values & Vision)

"This enchanting collection includes myths from cultures worldwide, all sharing a celebration of the rich symbolism of trees. Hours of lovely storytime in magical forests await." (Napra Trade Journal)

About the Author

Passionately interested in the meanings of myths and legends on all levels, Moyra Caldecott holds degrees in both English literature and philosophy and is the author of more than seventeen books, including Women in Celtic Myth. Born in South Africa, she was married to the late painter and publisher Oliver Caldecott. She lives in Bath, England.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Destiny Books; Original edition (September 1, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0892814144
  • ISBN-13: 978-0892814145
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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I confess that I bought this book because I liked its cover. When I looked inside, I was doubly sold on it! :) Myths of the Sacred Tree by Moyra Caldecott is a nice little collection of tree mythology from around the world accompanied by some interesting commentary, which adds color and depth to the the reading experience. For such a small book, it does give a quick, but appealing world tour into humanity's most beloved tree tales, many which were quite new to me. I would call it a foundation book that cleverly inspires one to delve more deeply into the subject matter --to search out other resources beyond its pages. It might prove, along with Campbell's The Power of Myth, to be an interesting supplemental text to a high school or college world mythology course.

Potential readers may wish to take note of what the author states in the Introduction: "The book you are reading is not a story book--it is about stories. I have given only the bare bones of the traditional myths and legends. The value of the book is that it gathers together some of the ancient myths and legends about trees and draws attention to their connection with our deepest spiritual needs. To cut down a forest is to harm ourselves as much as it denudes the earth of a much-needed resource and a marvelous beauty" (18). Having experienced the book; I believe that this is a fair and valid statement for both the appeal and value of the product. There are many thought-provoking sections, and tree myths seem to be at the heart of humanity...or would that be at the root?
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"Myths of the Sacred Tree" is a gorgeous collection of stories and art--a wonderful collaboration between writer and illustrator. I appreciate Moyra Caldecott's efforts to create an inclusive collection of stories related to sacred trees that explores cultural visions from around the world. The combination of art and writing comes together to create a powerful portrait of the mysticism and spirituality contained within trees. After reading and viewing "Myths of the Sacred Tree" the way you experience trees will be forever changed.
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Excellent compilation of myths and stories from around the world all with a tree theme. I had no idea there were so many. Its wonderful to read them all in one place and see the different themes explored. Following each myth or story is a commentary by the author where she discussed the symbolism, similarities to other stories. Source of the myths/stories is also provided. Wonderful black and white drawings are throughout the book as well. A few poems also open the book. Others are sprinkled through. Wonderful book.
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When I finished it, I was like in the afterglow of deeply fulfilling climax- one of my favorite books I've read. A great book with a myth and author commentary-after-each format. The commentaries are at times a bit mental-simplistically theoretical, sometimes off, and unintuitive but personal, enjoyably searching, and mostly on the right track and "ripe enough to taste good". The myths are wonderful and the selection is tops! There aren't a huge number- it's just right. Some special African ones, a Japanese, some Nat American, Greek, British(Merlin), etc... Not run of the mill or ones I'd encountered before. I recommend having another different Earthy one to alternate with this as at least for my pace, etc., they needed to be experienced 1-3 at a time. Some are only a page and gladly the commentaries don't go too far on such but usually just give her personal view and interesting understandings (and humble misunderstandings-theories occasionally :).

The illustrator is the artist from the cover. If you find her prints anywhere, please let us know here. They are also masterful and give wonderful fresh looks and appreciation.

Ms Caldecott, a second one?!
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