Friday, February 5, 2010
SPIRITS OF THE VEGETATION
All over Karnataka we find Snake Stones under trees. These represent the creative forces of nature, which are protective, healing, and also fertile. The worship of trees goes back to tribal Adivasi cultures, and can be seen in the earliest images that we find in Buddhist art, where representations of offerings made to the sacred trees can be found on the railings of Stupas like that of Barhut and Amaravati.