HDS 3823

The Tree at the Center of the World: Conference Course

Kimberley C. Patton


This comparative course will examine historical and contemporary traditions of primordial, cosmic, and sacred trees in religion, folklore, mythology, and ritual, including ways in which the special natural characteristics of trees have been interpreted metaphorically and metaphysically. We will consider primary iconographic and textual evidence as well as secondary sources. Individual research projects in particular traditions will be featured. Note: Limited to 30 students, by application at the first meeting.

Enrollment Limited: Limited to 30 students. Instructor's permission required.
Open to BTI Students: Yes
Jointly offered as Religion 1011


0.50 credits
Fall 2013
Wed 2pm-4pm
Divinity Hall Room 211

Relationship to Program Requirements

Program Requirement Area / Category / Art / Designation
MTS Area(s) of Focus
  • Comparative Studies
  • Religion, Literature, and Culture
MDiv Distribution Category/ies
  • Comparative
MDiv Art(s) of Ministry None
Language Course Designation(s) None