The Baobab Tree Meeting Place:In Africa the Baobab tree comes close to being regarded as sacred – or as the shelter under which the elders talk and consult until they reach consensus. Here is a picture of a traditional meeting place beneath a Baobab tree close to a Venda Village. It is almost as if the tree bears witness to what is discussed beneath its shade and because of its own magnificence, gives greater power to whatever decisions are made.
The fertility magic of Baobabs:In the mythology of many African nations, the baobab tree represents life, fertility and is a keeper of the earth. Unsurprising then that the baobab is also steeped in folklore. There is a belief that women living in huts where baobabs are plentiful have more children than those living outside the baobab zones –which is possibly true as the women eat soup made of baobab leaves which are rich in vitamins and EFA and compensate for any deficiency in their diet.