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Sunday, October 21, 2012

Baobab the Tree God planted upside-down

Baobab the Tree God planted upside-down anecdotes, myths, and legends.

Common names for the baobab tree are cream of tartar tree, monkey-bread tree, tabaldi, and mowana. 

Why is the baobab tree called the upside down tree?

The gigantic trunk of the baobab tree leads upwards to branches resembling the roots of a tree, which is why it has often been referred to as the upside-down tree.
Baobab the Tree God planted upside-down
Baobab the Tree God planted upside-down 

The baobab is also known as the tree of life. It is also legendary for its gigantic size growing to more than 70 feet high and 35 feet in diameter, its canopy spreading to 235 feet.  

Baobab legend

Baobabs provide food, water, shelter and a belief water collected from the seeds, leaves and roots relieves sickness. 

Baobab proverb

“Wisdom is like a baobab tree; no one individual can embrace it.”

Baobab myth

Some African tribes believe if you drink water in which a baobabs’ seeds have been soaked you will be safe from crocodile attacks.

Did you know? 
Baobab trees live to be 1275 years old, making it one of the oldest known trees

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