The Heritage of Trees: History, Culture and Symbolism

The Heritage of Trees: History, Culture and Symbolism


By (author) Fred Hageneder

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  • Publisher: FLORIS BOOKS
  • Format: Hardback | 224 pages
  • Dimensions: 176mm x 246mm x 16mm | 640g
  • Publication date: 15 October 2002
  • Publication City/Country: Edinburgh
  • ISBN 10: 0863153593
  • ISBN 13: 9780863153594
  • Sales rank: 887,826

Product description

A wide-ranging study of the symbolism and cultural meaning of the tree through history, from the Cosmic Tree of antiquity to modern European, American and Asian customs and beliefs. Many people today take the presence of trees for granted, unaware of their greater significance in stabilizing the Earth's ecology, or the veneration bestowed on them by ancient peoples. In the companion volume, The Spirit of Trees, Fred Hageneder captivated readers with a passionate and informed account of the natural life and ecology of trees. The Heritage of Trees, extends his description of the relationship between humanity and trees down the centuries, evoking forest customs, images and meanings of the forest from the Stone Age to modern times.

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Author information

Fred Hageneder is a harpist, graphic designer and artist whose passion for trees started in his teens. He has composed music for The Celtic Tree Circle, and painted tree portraits, many of which appear in The Spirit of Trees (Floris Books, 2000). Born in Hamburg, he now lives in the Cotswolds, England.

Review quote

'A delightful book to read, well researched, very informative ... really interesting and with plenty of illustrations.' -- New View Magazine 'A concisely written anthropological account of tree-worship across several different ages and civilisations. An impressive breadth of knowledge.' -- Country Life, January 2002 'A fascinating book, well researched and richly illustrated. It deserves to be read by all of us that have an interest in the Tree at the centre of world evolution.' -- Ernst Nef, Camphill Correspondence, June 2002 'A real gift for those interested in the deeper meaning of trees.' -- Scientific and Medical Network Review, April 2002