Symbolism is the art of using symbols to represent complex ideas―if a picture is worth a thousand words, a symbol is worth an entire library.
Exploring how different cultures use symbols is a great way to identify convergent ideas and similarities amongst various peoples.
Naturally, one of the most important symbols is the tree. It is a universal, archetypal symbol that emerges in many different traditions around the world. Tree symbols not only unify diverse groups of people, but often symbolizes the unity of ideas itself.
One of the most popular expressions of the tree symbol is the Tree of Life.