Tree of Life in the Neighborhood of Lake Van


  P.825 - §6 In the center of the Garden temple Van planted the long-guarded tree of life, whose leaves were for the "healing of the nations," and whose fruit had so long sustained him on earth. Van well knew that Adam and Eve would also be dependent on this gift of Edentia for their life maintenance after they once appeared on Urantia in material form. 
1. Lake Van or Mount Ararat/Urartu  

There are at least four likely regions where the legends of the tree of life may have survived.

Leaves and fruit of the tree of life were used by Van and his associates, as well as by Adam and Eve. One would expect something about Van and the tree of life would survive as a legend in the region Van traveled or lived, especially near the Lake Van. Vanite ancestors of the Assyrians also believed that Van and Amadon were taken alive from the planet while they went up to mount Ararat. Thus, we should look for clues of traditions of the tree of life around Lake Van or Mount Ararat. This region includes Anatolia (now Turkey), even highlands of India.

2. Crete and Cyprus

The tribes that had some interaction with the First Eden residents may have retained some tradition of the tree of life. If the First Eden was a fingerlike peninsula attached to the eastern Mediterranean coast of Israel or Lebanon, residents in this region may have some tradition about the tree, as well noted in the Genesis, but due to their taboo, they may not have left any graven images.

The Vanite division of the northern Nodites migrated to Crete. Thus, Cretans should have kept the tradition of the tree of life. Also, Cyprus was probably the island closest to the First Eden. Cretans and Cypriots would have traded much due to proximity.

3. Second Eden

After Adam and Eve moved to the Second Eden, the people who interacted with them may never have seen the tree of life, but they may have heard about it. The Second Eden is trapped between Euphrates and Tigris where the two rivers become narrowest. Adam and Even lived in this region much longer than in the First Eden. This aspect reinforces Mesopotamia as the most likely region with ancient human records of the tree of lifee. Also, Vanite ancestors of the Assyrians taught them about Van, and they should have kept the tradition of the tree of life.

4. Persian Gulf

The tree of life was originally planted in Dalamatia, which submerged and reemerged later. Thus, the reisidents of the Persial Gulf may have kept the tradition of the tree of life. However, unless diluted by later interaction with Assyrians, their tradition of the tree of life may not hint anything about the Adamic default.

5. Italy Why Etruscans maintained the tradition of the tree of life is not clear. 
  Note that the tree of life was not planted in the Second Eden. The Urantia Book does not mention the flowers of the tree of life. Since it bears fruits, it was most likely a blooming tree. Sumerians, Assyrians, Cretans and Cypriots had a long tradition of the tree of life and its rosettes.

This page collects ancient human sources of the tree of life in three regions: (1) Lake Van and Mount Ararat, (2) Crete and Cyprus, (3) Second Eden, and (4) Persian Gulf.

Tree of Life in Crete and Cyprus
Rosettes of the Tree of Life in Crete and Cyprus

Tree of Life around the Second Garden
Rosettes of the Tree of Life around the Second Garden

Tree of Life around Lake Van and Mount Ararat
Rosettes of the Tree of Life around Lake Van and Mount Ararat

Tree of Life in Persia
Rosettes of the Tree of Life in Persia

Tree of Life in Italy

   
   

 

 

 

Tree of Life in the region of Lake of Van

Urartu is the modern name of Ararat. Thus, in the kingdom of Urartu the legend of Van and the tree of life may have well survived. Here are some fragments of surviving legend of the tree of life.

Ten thousand years ago the Vanite ancestors of the Assyrians taught that their moral law of seven commandments had been given to Van by the Gods upon Mount Ararat. (p.860, §6).

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This belt depicts a tree of life, and is from the region of the Lake of Van. The griffins guard the tree of life.
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Note the tree of life and its large rosettes.
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The tree on the left may be the tree of life in a slightly different style than the above.
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winged bull

why rosettes?

The winged bull wears a pentant with the rosettes of the tree of life.

He also wears a headdress with palmettes, but they may be the leaves of the tree of life.

 

van?

van?

Does this plaque depict Van, a god, with the fruits of the tree of life, which were thought to be pommegrantes. Also, the round things around the plague the fruit?

rosette rosette
griffin