Avacado – Persea americana

Sacred to: Osiris

Myth 1: See below

Other Notes: The tree acquired spiritual significance to the peoples who used the plant in Mesoamerican and Northern South America. The fourteenth Classic Maya Month is represented by the glyph for the avocado, pronounced as “K’ank’in” (Galindo-Tovar et al. 2007). Maya ancestors are reborn as trees, and people would surround their houses with fruit trees, sometimes over the graves of relatives.

The avocado has also appeared in the iconography in the Mexica (Aztec) world, which lies to the North of the Maya area. The Nahuatl word for avocado is ahuacatl, or testicle in English.

Ancient Egyptian Metaphysics – There are two sacred trees in ancient Egypt. One is the acacia. The other is the Persea. There are only 2 varieties of Persea in the entire world. One is the Egyptian persea, which I have no idea if it bears fruit. The other variety of Persea (which by Egyptian thought would be just as sacred) bears fruit. The other varieties common name is Avocado!

 
That’s right, the avocado is a sacred tree of the ancient Egyptians. So the next time that you are preparing to eat guacamole, remember that you are eating a sacred dip! The green avocado would probably also be sacred to Osiris and any other god/dess of vegetation. The ancient Egyptians usually made their wands out of acacia or persea, so if you have any of these trees, you can make yourself an Egyptian wand. Also remember that if you trim your tree, use the branches in the fireplace for a sacred fire!

According to the Aztecs, avocado was considered one of the ultimate fertility fruits. Because of its high Vitamin E content, avocados are largely used to treat infertility in men. It helps increase sperm mobility and keeps sperm from grouping together as they make their journey to the egg. Rock star Mick Jagger apparently used avocados in his fertility food diet when he wanted to add to his significant brood.

Seriokai’s Revenge – a tale from Guiana, South America

In the forest, there lived a man Seriokai, who was very fond of avocados, and he spent much of his time gathering them to eat. One day, when he was off doing this, a tapir came into his camp where his wife was alone doing chores. the tapir, a slick and sly creature, lured his wife into falling madly in the love with him.

The next day, when Seriokai again went to collect avocados, his wife went along, pretending to gather firewood. As Seriokai came down from an avocado tree, intent on descending, she used a rock to knock him down, severing one of his legs. Then she ran off with the tapir to a faraway place, taking Seriokai’s basket of avocados with her.

A neighbor heard Seriokai calling for help and took him home, where he slowly healed. Using a wooden stump on his leg, he set out to find his wife and the wicked tapir. He found a trail of avocado trees growing in the forest, springing from the avocados which fell from the basket of fruits the wife took with her. He followed the trail, which led farther and farther from the center of the Earth, noticing that the trees became younger and younger. At last he came upon freshly dropped seeds, and knew that he was drawing near.

Finally he came to the edge of the world, where he saw the runaway couple. He shot an arrow at the tapir, which struck his eye. Howling with pain, the beast leaped over the edge. Following her love, the woman jumped as well. Seriokai followed, and chased them through the sky. He follows them to this day, for he became Orion, the wife is the Pleiades, and the wicked tapir is Hyades, with a bleeding eye.

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