The Boabab Tree: A Look at Symbolism


The baobab in African myth has been described as the upside down tree.   According to one legend, these beautiful trees were uprooted by God and planted upside down with their roots as their branches to punish them for their vanity.  The baobab is commonly referred to as the tree of life. It is a highly resilient plant that may lose its bark, only to regenerate it in a matter of weeks without damage to the plant; it provides fruit and water to people and animals alike, and even has medicinal qualities.  The beautiful grandeur, longevity and resilience of this tree instills a sense of spiritual connection to the world and ourselves. The baobab is said to bring the heaven into the earth and the earth into the heaven. It also represents the link between the three worlds of heaven, earth and the underworld.  

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