Tree of life

For the Celts, trees were considered to be gods, the ancient ancestors of mankind and elder beings of wisdom. They were a connection to the world of the spirits and a doorway into the ‘Otherworld’. The tree also represented the soul of the community, their spiritual focus and source of well-being. Each community had their own sacred tree usually located near a well or a stream where assemblies and ceremonies were held.

Trees were held in such high regard in ancient Ireland that according to Brehon Law, unlawful felling of a “Chieftain Tree” carried the same sentence as the killing of a Human Chief!
The reason the ancient Irish legal system held trees in such high regard was due to their enormous value to Irish society. Trees served as a multi-layered ecosystem which provided for every aspect of traditional life. They served as monuments, created sacred spaces & ceremonial center points. They gave shelter and protection, tools and weapons, provided sustenance and were a source of healing and medicine.
They featured heavily in Irish myths and legends, such was their importance that to this day 13,000 Irish towns have trees within their names!

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