In the old times, plants important to human cultures were attributed to divine forces. Stories articulated these simple themes: plants are heaven’s gift to people; people and plants are one; plants are energy beings with power and knowledge. In the end of the stories, there was usually something to be learned about wisdom, and the place of human beings in the cosmos. Here are a couple of plants whose origins reach way back into mythical time:
The baobab tree sprouted and grew up by a mirrored lake. Baobab saw his own reflection, and he did not like what he saw.
Baobab desired the showy red flowers of the flame tree. He was jealous of the palm’s slender and regal form. He wanted the shiny and smooth skin of mahogany, not his own wrinkly elephant hide bark. Night and day, Baobab complained and complained to the Creator.
Creator was tired of listening to Baobab’s whining. The creator gave the tree to hyena. Hyena pulled Baobab from his roots, and planted him upside down.
Thereafter, Baobab quietly served humanity, and gathered the community together for all the important events.
Know silence. Respect elders. Create unity.
The vine of the soul sprouted from the blood of the rainbow serpent’s tail.
As it grew, it gathered power and attracted the jaguars of the forest.
The spirit of yage is so strong that it can carry you into the realm of the dead, or up to the sky to converse with the spirits in the milky way.
Use this plant, if at all, with caution and respect. If you use the vine in anger and greed, your life and that of others will be ruined.