Sunday, October 9, 2011

get back to your roots

 Some times i think is important that you stop for a second and think about who
you are and were you come from. Get back to you roots and figure out how your tree
of life started growing.
The rare tree of life is the Baobab tree, you find the Baobab trees everywhere in namibia and other places in the southern part of Africa.
Other common names include boabboaboabottle tree,the tree of lifeupside-down tree, and monkey bread tree. The species reach heights of 5 to 30 metres (16 to 98 ft) and trunk diameters of 7 to 11 metres (23 to 36 ft). It's trunk can hold up to 120,000 litres of water. When we were in BUshmanland we were 17 people trying to reach around and it was not possible.
The Baobab Tree is also known as the tree of life, with good reason too. It is capable of providing shelter, food and water for the animal and human inhabitants of the African Savannah regions. The cork-like bark is fire resistant and is used for cloth and rope. The leaves are used for condiments and medicines. The fruit, called "monkey bread", is rich in vitamin C and is eaten. The tree is capable of storing hundreds of litres of water, which is tapped in dry periods. Mature trees are frequently hollow, providing living space for numerous animals and we know a tree in Bushmanland that is more then 6000 years old.


The Bushmen believed that goings-on in the baobab so offended God that in his wrath he uprooted it and cast it back into the earth upside-down.
It is said that if you drink its delectable sap you’ll receive protection from the crafty crocodile; but don’t pluck its flowers, for whosoever does so will be torn apart by lions!
It is also claimed that on the day of creation, each animal was given a tree to plant and that the hyena planted the baobab upside-down and, as a result, it should never have grown. But grow it did, and today baobabs dot the African landscape as the biggest trees.

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