If one looks closely at the worlds religions over the last couple of thousand years, one can distill and see how religion evolved from a common belief or source. Because people tend to stay within their own religion, they are not exposed to others enough to see that there is a common source for all religions. This would instantly place the author in the “diffusionism box”, with a belief that all cultures had some kind of relation to come up with the same religious concepts and iconography/art so then its up to the author to now further explain himself.
A golden thread of worship of the “tree” in many expressions.
This tree is a metaphor for the universe, its canopy the starry sky, the pillar of heaven, the world tree, or tree of life seen in many religions and domed religious buildings. Stylized forms are the Mayan cross tree, the Christian cross and the Jewish Menorah, not just a candlestick. The cross of 4 directions we can also see in the 4 minarets of some mosques. All religions have their roots in astronomy and worship of the universe, and follow a similar original concept of a tree and a temple in different forms. This was extended to “gods on the mountain, highest on pillar etc.” and god Living in the sky.
- Temple of Birthplace of Buddha, with Bodhi tree
- Menorah in Jewish King Solomon Temple
- Mayan world tree with bird on top, temple of the cross
- Adam and Eve, tree in garden of Eden
- Rosslyn chapel, apprentice pillar, stylized world tree with dragons at bottom
- Dodona, temple of Zeus with holy oak
- The Christian cross, a stylized form of the world tree, like the Mayan cross
- Star Wars, force tree concept in Jedi temples
Many customs long forgotten can be linked to astronomy, the easter bunny in spring (Lepus under Orion) as a hare fertility symbol with eggs, the resurrection of Orion/Hercules in spring, the old start of the new year.
Even the christmas tree we put up every year in our house, is a remnant of this tree worship, a metaphor for the universe, with its twinkling lights the stars, the balls the planets and the peak the pole star. All is based on astronomy. All are religious temples are place of worship to the universe itself, with the tree symbolism playing a significant role amongst cultures that should not even had contact. It even made it into Star Wars as the “force tree” in the temple.