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CULTUS ARBORUM OR PHALLIC TREE WORSHIP.

CULTUS ARBORUM

A DESCRIPTIVE ACCOUNT OF Phallic Tree Worship WITH ILLUSTRATIVE Legends, Superstitions, Usages, &c.,

EXHIBITING ITS Origin and Development AMONGST THE Eastern & Western Nations of the World FROM THE EARLIEST TO MODERN TIMES;

WITH A BIBLIOGRAPHY OF WORKS UPON AND REFERRING TO THE PHALLIC CULTUS.

PRIVATELY PRINTED.

1890.

PREFACE.

The present volume forms a companion to three already issued on "Ancient and Modern Symbol Worship," denominated severally, "Phallism," "Ophiolatreia," "Phallic Objects and Remains," and "Tree Worship," they all form parts of one whole, and constitute a Series on the various forms and phases of what is known as "Phallic Worship."

The subject is an extensive one, and there still remain sections of it which have not yet been dealt with, but which may be exhibited in future volumes. Although in the compass of the present work it has been impossible to treat the subject in anything like an exhaustive manner, a great deal of matter has been incorporated in its closely printed pages which, attentively perused, will enable the reader to form a just opinion of what is included in the title.

At the end of this volume we have endeavoured to give the student of Ancient Faiths a Bibliography of works on or connected with Phallism.

Being the first attempt of the kind, omissions will doubtless be found, although there are nearly five hundred references given, yet even as it is, it will prove of great use and advantage to those making researches. It is divided into two classes Phallic works, and books bearing more or less upon the subject.

CONTENTS.

PAGE.

CHAPTER I. 1

Characteristics of Trees Naturalness of Tree Worship Origin of the worship The Tree of Life Ancient Types A Tree as a Symbol of Life Poetical Associations Sacred Fig tree India specially a land of Tree Worship Trees identified with Gods Meritoriousness of planting Trees Auspicious and inauspicious Trees Ceremonies connected with Tree Worship Invocation of Tree Gods Banian Tree Ritual directions Santal Worship.

CHAPTER II. 16

The Bael tree Worship of the Left Hand Trees of the Sun and Moon The Arbre Sec, or Dry Tree The Holy Tree of Bostam The Bygas of the Eastern Sathpuras Tree Worship in Mysore The Palm Tree Worship of the Palm at Najran The Tree of Ten Thousand Images Tree Worship in Persia Sacred Old Testament Trees The Classics Forests and Groves favourite places of Worship Origin of Groves Votive Offerings to Trees.

CHAPTER III. 32

Arab Tree Worship Story of Kaimun, the captive slave Miracle of the Date Tree Persian bushes Plane tree The Great Cypress The old man of Diarbekir The Ferv├╝ers Anecdote of Xerxes Anecdote of a merchant and his wife The bush of the "Excellent" Tree The Cypresses of the Zoroaster Motawakel The Triple tree of Abraham Tree of the Club of Hercules The Tree of Passienus Crispus The Virgin Mary's Fig tree Tree of Mohammed's Staff The Neema tree of the Gallas Irish Superstitions Saint Valeri People of Livonia Destruction of a Sacred Tree.

CHAPTER IV. 44

The Bogaha of Ceylon, or God tree The Maha Wanse and the Bo tree Ceremonies connected with the transplantation of the Bo tree Planting the great Bo branch Miracles of the Bo tree The State Elephant The Pipal Tree.

CHAPTER V. 58

Sacred Trees very ancient in Egypt Hebrew Trees The Sycamore at Matarea Ionic Forms The Koran on Mary and the Palm tree Sacredness of the Palm in Egypt Tree Worship in Dahome The Sacred Tree of the Canary Isles... Continue reading book >>




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