Ritual for the Death of a Tree, 4-Channel Video, 2013
23min, 1920 x 1080 HD
we live and walk on their bones
we are protected by their shade and nourished by their fruit
they have an enormous capacity to adsorb our suffering since they have an abundance
of good will and generosity
since the early stages of human religions & their development
TREES have been held as sacred and divine
their branches stretch
to the cosmos
they sit FIRM on the earth
their roots reach the underworld...
The TREE of knowledge
The TREE of LIFE
The TREE of TRUTH
The TREE of the revealer
The Bodhi or bo TREE
The Celestial TREE
The TREEs of the four corners
There is an innate power of TREES.
They offer us protection from both physical and spiritual illness.
We drink and bath of their essence.
We seek their advise and listen to their whispers through the rustling.
We marry them and depend on them for fertility
We worship them and obtain enlightenment under them
We build sacred temples and statues from their fiber
We burn them for warmth
We have ritualized them, prayed to them, and hold them as sacred and with reverence.
Why then, do we not ritualize their DEATH?
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Center tree, protected by bark of surrounding trees
Center tree roots pointing to the sky
South tree, roots to the sky
South East side overview of site
North tree, roots to the sky
West side looking into center
East side looking into center
North side looking into center
Ritual Location: +39° 53' 9.79", -92° 44' 37.66"
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