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India has many ‘sacred’ forests. Here’s the goddess of one of them


One of the earliest forms of worship among humans was the worship of nature – animals, water, the wind, rain and even the sun were all seen as divine symbols. But plants and jungles have always held a special place in human life, across continents and civilisations. Forests were seen as places ruled by mysterious laws beyond human comprehension.

Many European folktales and fairy tales are set in forests, replete with magical trees and plants. For example, the Mediterranean olive tree was very important in the Greek civilisation, and was considered sacred by them. The term “to offer an olive branch ...


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