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 Legend of the Upside-down Tree:A very, very long time ago, say some African legends, the first baobab sprouted beside a small lake. As it grew taller and looked about it spied other trees, noting their colorful flowers, straight and handsome trunks, and large leaves. Then one day the wind died away leaving the water smooth as a mirror, and the tree finally got to see itself. Read more here:http://www.ecoproducts.co.za/baobab-legends-wisdom/the-legend-of-the-upside-down-tree
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.
This panorama was take on top of a Baobab near Andavadoaka. It was easy to get up the tree because some people made holes in the bole. The madagasan legend about the Baobobs is very nice: In earlier times the trees could walk around. The Baobab were the biggest and strongest and so they began to kill the little trees around them. When god saw this he get angry and took the Baobabs and put them with the wrong side in the earth. That´s why they ...
Baobabs are very difficult to kill, they can be burnt, or stripped of their bark, and they will just form new bark and carry on growing. When they do die, they simply rot from the inside and suddenly collapse, leaving a heap of fibres, which makes many people think that they don't die at all, but simply disappear! A Baby Baobab tree looks very different from its adult form and this is why the Bushmen believe that it doesn't grow like other trees.