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The master key to ancient original Kabbalah revealed at last. The Tree of Life is a family tree from ancient Iraq.
This is the first complete book about the Babylonian Kabbalah, which many people are talking about on the Internet. Assyria in Northern Iraq is the home of Palace Art from the Courts of the Assyrian Empire, where the Tree of Life was routinely shown on walls, tended by winged genies. It represented the King and the Land. It is also arguably a spiritual map and the basis of the Jewish Kabbalah, which was developed later. Many authors have asserted that the Kabbalah came from Egypt but this book shows that its early roots lie in Assyrian Court Art. There are also fascinating parallels to Asiatic Shamanism. All points to Asia, not Africa, as the home of the archetypal Sacred Tree image.
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The symbolic tree runs through Judaism and Christianity: e.g. the Biblical story of the Fall from grace in Eden due to temptation with the fruit: the Torah is called a Tree of Life; many Kabbalistic writings reference it; and Jesus is said to have 'died on the tree' (Acts 5, 10, 13). This book attempts to answer questions: (!) What is the kind of tree mentioned in the Garden of Eden story in Genesis ? (2) What is the ultimate origin of the Tree of Life symbol used in Judaism and the Western Esoteric Tradition? (3) What is the origin of the names of the ten Holy Sefirot (aspects of the Divine usually shown as circles) on that mystic Tree? The Tree of Life has close parallels in Siberian shamanism, where the shaman priests of certain tribes erected poles outside their homes and took spiritual journeys using these for navigation. This is the earliest form of social organisation in which it was able to trace the sacred Tree Symbol. ~ Watkins Mind Body Soul, issue 38
Fascinating and instructive. ~ Maggy Whitehouse, Author of 'Total Kabbalah'