Thursday, July 12, 2007

Myths, symbols & folklore
Lime Tree (linden): "A tree revered by Germanic and Slavic peoples as being sacred, it was thought to divert lightning and, when touched, to draw diseases to itself. Often it grew in the center of communities or groups of buildings (hence the lime tree in the court, cemetery, at the well, in the village center). In contrast to the oak, the lime tree is often considered to be female or feminine." (Herder)


  1. Anonymous6:26 AM

    Hi - I linked to your site through Nathan Bransford's blog. I really like your Myths, symbols & Folklore sections! Where do you find these?

  2. Hi Christine!

    I find the myths, symbols & folklore stuff in a couple of different places - my favorite is The Herder Dictionary of Symbols. I've also got a fantastic dictionary of symbols in art from the late 70s (not at home, can't remember the name, sorry!) and I also like The Woman's Dictionary of Symbols and Sacred Objects

    And if you want to waste a lot of time on the web :) visit It is absolutely fascinating.