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World Tree
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[German Version]

I. Religious Studies

The notion of a world tree appears in a variety of religious traditions, with differing historical and cultural connotations. Fundamental to all is the instinctive assessment of the capacity for ceaseless periodical regeneration observed in trees and plants and its application as a concrete image of the universe. Just as it is sometimes difficult to distinguish the world tree from the related concept of the tree of life, the world tree can also combine various complexes of images and motifs…

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Vollmer, Ulrich and Staubli, Thomas, “World Tree”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 06 June 2023 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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