Why Did Ancient Whites Worship Trees?

by Survive the Jive

THE YEW TREE is often found in churchyards and graveyards in England because pagan religious sites were chosen as ideal locations for churches at the time of conversion. Yews were probably sacred to both the Celts and Anglo-Saxons but in Germanic paganism the Ash and the Oak were more important. The Anglo Saxons had a rune for the Yew tree and another for the Ash. This video looks at the Yew tree rune Ēoh.

In Baltic paganism the English Oak was also very important. The Stelmužės ąžuolas (Stelmuze oak) in Lithuania is about 2000 years old and was sacred to the thunder god Perkunas. The oak tree was associated the equivalent god Thunor / Donnar / Thor by Germanic peoples because it is struck by lightning more frequently than other trees.

Many Indo-European peoples recognised that trees are sacred and venerated and protected ancient, sacred trees.

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Source: Survive the Jive

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Walt Hampton
Walt Hampton
3 August, 2017 6:12 pm

I never met a tree I didn’t like….

3 August, 2017 10:39 pm

@Walt Hampton
I did :p

“This tree was planted in recognition of the Jewish Festival Tub’Shevat (New Year For Trees) by the Lord Mayor of Bradford Councillor Mrs. Olive Messer, February 1985 in the Jewish Year 5745”.

– from a discreet stone plaque in the ground of a walkway flowerbed in Bradford Lister Park, Yorkshire.

Walt Hampton
Walt Hampton
3 August, 2017 10:59 pm

This particular tree sounds like a good candidate
for a chain saw…

3 August, 2017 11:12 pm

Kevin Strom, no one has done a comprehensive study on why Christianity was able to conquer pagan Europe with fire and sword. I read that the pagans were intimidated by the large church buildings.

5 August, 2017 10:03 am

With respect to trees and ancient Europeans, I also read that pagans were psychologically unprepared for an alien religion that converted on the pain of death. By the time they figured things out, it was too late.