On the present-day veneration of sacred trees in the Holy Land

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This article surveys the current pervasiveness of the phenomenon of sacred trees in the Holy Land, with special reference to the official attitudes of local religious leaders and the attitudes of Muslims in comparison with the Druze as well as in monotheism vs. polytheism. Field data regarding the reasons for the sanctification of trees and the common beliefs and rituals related to them are described, comparing the form which the phenomenon takes among different ethnic groups. In addition, I discuss the temporal and spatial changes in the magnitude of tree worship in Northern Israel, its syncretic aspects, and its future.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7-30
Number of pages24
JournalFolklore (Estonia)
StatePublished - 2011


  • Holy land
  • Sacred tree
  • Tree veneration

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Anthropology


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