Many Uses And Fascinating Cultural stories Behind Baobab Tree
Baobab tree is one that you would not consider generating interest for someone to read. But let me tell you:
There are fascinating facts and cultural beliefs if you read about baobab trees you would never look at any baobab tree the same.
Despite being one of the least in species count, baobab is Africa’s most famous tree in so many ways.
A Baobab Tree Is A Goodluck Tree
In Malawi, baobab trees are still used in some cultures as a fortune tree. Yao tribes in the lakeshore districts of Mangochi and Cape Maclear, use baobab tree to give away their daughters for marriage.
In the same way, it is also believed that if a man wants to divorce his wife, he should then gather elders under a baobab tree and ask for the elders to restore his virtue before he moves in with his new wife otherwise (infertility curse ) there will be no kids in the new household.
A Baobab Tree Is A Sign Of Solidarity & Well-Founded Home.
For years since our African ancestors, baobab trees are known for their long lasting life and resistance to droughts. In fact, Sena tribes from the lower states of Malawi stretching into Mozambique used the baobab for shelter from rain and other elements.
As a result, One of the oldest banks in Malawi adopted the baobab tree logo as its brand because it stood for stability and solid foundation. This approach to branding always struck a cord with the locals as it resonated to their cultural beliefs and way of thinking.
Baobab Tree as A Source Of Inspiration.
Under a baobab tree is where stories were read by revered elders of the Yao and Sena Tribes. In the evening soon after sunset women would make a huge fire where all the kids would sit around to listen to the elders of the village tell all sorts of stories.
It was a way of imparting survival tactics and pass on the wisdom that had been used for centuries by the tribe to survive.
Until today you will still find lots of children’s storybooks depicting the same big fire under a baobab tree format.
Baobab Tree As A Sign Of Life.
Funny how our life revolves around water supply, food supply and much more. In ancient times, baobab tree meant that the area had a good source of water and protein from the eggs and birds that came to breed in the baobab tree. Usually, tribes would look for the baobab trees to see if they had a chance of finding water and meat from the birds.
Baobab Tree Shrine
Yao tribe also believed that the holes inside the tree was where their gods lived. So every year after harvest, they gathered the best fruits and a goat for sacrifice called Sadaka. It was very common to find that baobab trees were also used as burial for important people in the tribe as it was deemed to be the right way to pass dead back to their gods.
Over time the baobab tree has evolved, still with many uses including sour juice from the fruit pods it produces. Baobab tree also is useful for medicinal purposes which are scrapped from the caves where bats spit is.
You will find that many have used baobab tree for many things including postal offices and jail. It boils down to the fact that baobab trees mean a whole lot of difference to many. And its worth exploring to learn the rich culture behind the beliefs.