The Druids and Their Oak Trees… What Was That All About?

The Druids were Pagans and Druidism was a religion practiced throughout Europe. Their worship centered around oak trees, which they believed were sacred. I agree with them there. A big oak tree provides shade, habitat for birds, and acorns to eat. The ancients knew that the balance of nature was important. For heaven’s sake, they hunted the birds and animals that grew fat on the acorns. They rested under the trees that brought relief from the sun. When they sacrificed the oak tree they used the base of the tree as a foundation for their homes, like we use cement today. In England, some of those foundations lasted for hundreds of years, outlasting those made of stone. They built homes out of the lumber from the tree. What’s not to like? The oak was paramount to their existence. They got it. Next time you gather acorns, see if you can find a spot to plant a few. Sudden oak death has taken thousands of our California oak trees we need more of this beautiful, sacred tree.
Suellen Ocean is the author of Acorns and Eat’em, a how-to vegetarian cookbook and field guide for eating acorns. Find it here: http://www.amazon.com/Acorns-Eatem-How–Vegetarian-Cookbook/dp/1491288973
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