By: Louk Vreeswijk

Sep 10 2017

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Category: Asia, India

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Banyan trees are often considered sacred. I think this is because they are really awe-inspiring, like the gods themselves. Standing face to face with an extraordinary tree, a towering Sequoia, a corpulent Baobab, a wrinkled olive tree, a ramified Banyan, we easily fall silent. These are creatures that are somehow beyond our comprehension. Maybe that’s why human beings tend to associate them with the gods and make them into sacred objects.

I like the small images of Ganesha and Kali that people have stuck to this Banyan tree. Do they increase its sacredness? Not for me. They reduce the awe-inspiring magnificence to more human proportions, to the colourful ordinary Indian life of everyday. Probably this is one of the functions of religion.

Photo of the week: Banyan tree, Mumbai, India 2014

One comment on “Sacredness”

  1. A rural touch in the urban sprawl of Mumbai.


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