Tuesday, December 20, 2016

The Trees of December III

Tree deities in different cultures of the world include: Dryads and hamadryads of Greek mythology; Hathor, also called Lady of the Sycamore in the Old Kingdom of Egypt; Kodama and Kurozome, the spirit of the Prunus serrulata (Japanese cherry).

I know from personal familiarity over the years that there's a Christmas tree spirit—the Lady of the Pine, perhaps, or the Balsam Fir god.

Among the nymphs was Pitys, whose duty was to tend pine trees.

Cybele's sacred tree is the pine. Cybele is the earth mother goddess of what is now western Turkey.  (hearthmoonblog.com)

See also this about the pine.

image:  SulamithW├╝lfing

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