Larger and finer meanings are read into the older legends of the plants, and the
universality of certain myths is expressed in the concurrence of ideas in the
beginnings of the great religions. One of the first figures in the leading cosmologies
is a tree of life guarded by a serpent. In the Judaic faith this was the tree in the
garden of Eden; the Scandinavians made it an ash, Ygdrasil; Christians usually
specify the tree as an apple, Hindus as a soma, Persians as a homa, Cambodians
as a talok; this early treee is the vine of Bacchus, the snake-entwined caduceus of
Mercury, the twining creeper of the Eddas, the bohidruma of Buddha, the fig of
Isaiah, the tree of Aesculapius with the serpent around his trunk.
- Charles M. Skinner, Myths and Legends of Flowers, Trees, Fruits and Plants, 1911
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