TREES IN THE FABLES
The VEDAS mention the Kalpadroma, a cloud tree of immense size. This tree grew on a steep mountain slope, and the shadow it cast produced the phenomenon of day and night before the creation of the sun and moon.
In the RIG VEDA, Brahma is described as the creator in the form of a huge tree that spans the entire world, and the gods are depicted as branches of this tree.
The Bodhi tree, under which Gautama Buddha received his enlightenment, is described as covered with divine flowers and shimmering with all kinds of precious stones. This most sacred pipal tree is described in the allegories, down to its smallest leaves, as being studded with gems more lustrous than the peacock's tail.
The Egyptians also had a tree allegory, a jewel-bearing tree that stands in the east of the world and on which the god Horus climbs to bring forth the phenomenon of sunrise.
In Chinese mythology, seven miraculous trees once flourished in the Kuen Lun Mountains. The largest of them, made of jade, bore fruit that conferred immortality - the golden apples of the Hesperides.
The Arabs represented the zodiac in the form of a tree and depicted the stars as its fruits. The Arabs represented the zodiac in the form of a tree and pictured the stars as its fruits. Thus, there were twelve branches, and when the sun entered each sign on its annual course, the fruits ripened.
In Scandinavian rites there is the star-bearing world tree Yggdrasil, on which Odin hung himself for nine months to gain wisdom.
In the Edda, our visible universe springs from under the lush branches of the world tree - Yggdrasil, the tree with three roots. The care of the World Tree is entrusted to three maidens - Urdhr, Verdandi and Skuld, or the present, the past and the future. Every morning, when they determine the duration of human life, they draw water from the Urdhr well and sprinkle it on the roots of the worldly tree so that it may live. The exhalations of the ashes, Yggdrasil, condense and descend upon our earth to give life to every part of inanimate matter and change its form. This tree is the symbol of universal life, both organic and inorganic; its emanations represent the spirit that animates every form of creation; and of its three roots, one reaches to the sky, the second to the dwelling of the magical giants, the inhabitants of the high mountains - and on the third, under which is the spring Hvergelmir, gnaws the monster Nidhogg, who constantly tempts people to evil.