Friday, August 24, 2012

Tree of Life Concept

The main theme that runs through many of my paintings and prints is the "Tree of life" concept - the idea that all life on earth is interconnected. In essence, “Tree of Life” symbolizes life itself, with it's branches reaching for the Heavens and its roots firmly grounded in "Mother Earth".

It is a mystical concept that "has been used in science, religion, philosophy, mythology, and other areas. Various trees of life are recounted in folklore, culture and fiction, often relating to immortality or fertility. They had their origin in religious symbolism."

In science, Tree of Life is "the universality of the genetic code - the DNA instructions that specify the make-up of the proteins from which organisms' bodies are built - confirms a common ancestry for all life on Earth today." "Darwin envisioned a tree of life with branch tips representing currently living species and the base as the common ancestor of all."

In religion, the concept of Tree of Life is widely differs from one religion to another, from one culture to another, from one time in our history to another.

While searching for an answer, it became very clear to me that the concept itself is very complex and fascinating.

Sources: wikipedia, dictionary, wellcometreeoflife.org, answers.com

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