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Pine trees have a story, a meaning, an identity and a whole history and culture behind them !

Among tiled columns ceramic wall murals, we would like to specifically comment the elegant floral pine tree wall murals artistically designed with blue and green flowers on a white background all along, surrounded by thick striped borders, due to its high value symbolism! Yellow birds are also part of the decor !

In fact, one of the world’s greatest and most beloved trees is the pine tree. Its beauty lasts all year long and adds a nice dash of green to a white winter landscape.

A pine tree is evergreen. So is a pine ceramic wall mural which never fades! The various pine species can withstand cold and snow as well as rocky soil, wind, and drought. An adult pine tree can grow to be very tall. It has a scent that’s very relaxing and soothing (and for a good reason). And for many people, pine trees are associated with Christmas. For this reason pine tree designs can make a wonderful gift in Xmas for your wife to decorate her interior!

Besides, all around the world, the various species of pine tree are cultural symbols. They are the subject of folklore and religion, and of stories and legends going back many centuries.

To name a few, we wish to start with North America, pine trees play an important part of the beliefs and legends of many Native American and First Nations people. To many Native people, the pine tree is a symbol of wisdom and longevity. To others, its needles and sap are medicine that protects people from illnesses, witchcraft, and more.

In many Southwest tribes, the pine tree is one of the tribal clans and is even regarded as a sacred tree by a few tribes. The Nez Perce have long believed that the pine tree holds the secret of fire and guards this secret very closely. Among the Six Nations of the Haudenosaunee, or Iroquois Confederacy (Seneca, Cayuga, Onondaga, Oneida, Mohawk, and Tuscarora), the pine tree – and in particular the Eastern White Pine – is the Tree of Peace. It is underneath the roots of the Tree of Peace that weapons were buried (well done!).

The pine tree symbolizes the peace between the formerly warring nations and the bundle of five needles in particular symbolizes the Five Nations (prior to the coming of the Tuscaroras to the Confederacy in the 18th century) after embracing the Great Law of Peace and uniting as the Iroquois Confederacy. Pine needles, sap, bark, and nuts were used by Native people for medicinal purposes, traditional handicrafts, and as ingredients in recipes. Pine-needle baskets are still a popular Native handicraft to this very day.

In South Korea, pine trees have a very special meaning in the hearts of the Korean people. For the most part, it represents longevity and virtue. However, its meaning goes much deeper than that. In Korea, the pine tree is viewed as an honorable, strong, and wise being.

It is held in deep reverence, much more so than other trees. Some are even worshipped as divine beings in rural areas of Korea. Many traditional Koreans pray to a sacred pine tree for good luck, prosperity, and good health. When babies are born, pine branches are left on doors as a way to congratulate the couple, and for girls, this branch might be tied to a rope made of straw (known as GeumJul) with charcoal for three weeks to keep evil spirits away.

Pine needles are used as ingredients in various Korean teas, holiday dishes, and more. The Korean pine tree is also regarded as a messenger that transports the souls of the dead to the afterlife. Many coffins are made of pinewood which helps facilitate transportation of the deceased’s soul to Heaven. The oldest pine tree standing in Korea is the tree that was used to build the roof of the oldest building in Korea! This tree, which is known as “Solnamu” (best tree in Korean), has stood for over a millennium and has withstood wars, climate change, and much, much more. This tree can be found at Mt. Bukhan in South Korea.

In China, the pine tree is known as the sōng​shù or just sōng. It represents longevity, virtue, and solitude, and, along with the plum and bamboo trees, is considered one of the “Three Friends of Winter.” These “three friends” are three trees that stay evergreen and, in the case of the plum tree, blossom during the winter. The pine tree is also a popular symbol of the New Year. In traditional Chinese artwork, the pine tree is often depicted with a crane or mountains, as the crane is also a symbol of longevity and the mountains are close to Heaven.

Also, the Three Friends of Winter are a common theme in traditional Chinese paintings. They are often depicted together. The Chinese God of Longevity, Shouxing, is often depicted standing at the base of a pine tree with a crane perched in one of the tree’s branches. Pine trees are strongly associated with winter in China due to their status as an evergreen tree.

Pine trees are also planted near graves in China. This is believed to protect the corpses from the mythical water dragon and “brain-eater” Wang Xiang. In ancient China, many Taoists sought immortality. They tried to achieve this by eating pine cones, pine resin, and pine needles. They believed this would help them live a longer life and make their body parts more resistant to harm.

In Japan, the pine tree, or matsu shares the same meaning as the Chinese and Korean pine trees. That is, longevity, virtue, and youth. The pine is also associated with masculinity and power. “Matsu” means “waiting for the soul of a god to descend from Heaven” in Japanese. In ancient Shinto beliefs, gods were said to have ascended to Heaven on a pine tree, where they now reside on a beautiful volcanic mountain in giant or old trees. Pine trees are associated with the New Year in Japan. So much so that many Japanese hang a bundle of pine twigs and bamboo trunks known as a Kado matsu (Gate pine) on their doors to receive a blessing from the gods.

Pines are also used to mark the boundaries of the sacred ground of temples and shrines. Pines are also a popular tree of choice for the art of bonsai. Many of these bonsai trees live to be hundreds of years old! Prior to the Edo period (1600-1867), pine trees and branches were a popular choice of decoration for samurai on their armor and katana, due to all their associations with masculinity.

After the Great East Earthquake and tsunami in March 2011, the city of Rikuzentakata was devastated and the surrounding forest of 70,000 pine trees were almost completely destroyed. That is, except for one lone pine tree. This tree became a national symbol of resilience and determination to stand tall and rebuild in the face of the massive destruction in northeast Japan. Sadly enough, seawater seeped into the roots of the Rikuzentakata tree, causing it to rot and die. In September 2012, the tree was cut down…

In Europe, pine trees can be found across much of the continent. Some of Europe’s pine forests are world-famous, and are the places where legends and fairy tales were born. Pine trees have played a major role in the ancient pagan religions of Europe. In ancient Greece, the pine was particularly sacred to Dionysus and his worshippers. The pine tree was very symbolic to the religions of ancient Rome. The pine was the sacred tree of the Mithraic cult which became widespread in ancient Rome. On March 22nd, the followers of Cybele would cut a pine tree down and bring it into her sanctuary in honor of her consort Attis, who died underneath, and was said to have been turned into a pine tree.

During the Roman holiday of Saturnalia (Dec. 17-25th), the ancient Romans would decorate pine trees with ornaments such as oscilla, which were made in the image of Bacchus, and little clay dolls known as sigillaria. Pine trees are one of the symbols of the Germanic mid-winter festival of Yule. The pines and other coniferous trees of the Black Forest of Germany help give the forest its reputation as a dark and impenetrable place, associated by many with fairy tales, Walt Disney movies, and Christmas stories. Within the Black Forest live dwarves, werewolves, witches, and many other things that go bump in the night!

Other pine trees in Europe have also become famous worldwide, such as the Balkan pine tree which can live up to 1,000 years. Along the coasts of Norway, a vast rain forest of pine, spruce, and other trees provide a unique ecosystem for Scandinavia and a magnificent treasure for the world.

Pinus sylvestris, the Scots pine, grows naturally in Scotland, but can be found across much of Europe and as far north as the Arctic Circle! Vast forests of Scots pines growing across the Scottish countryside bring to mind ancient Druid rituals in which the pine was burned to commemorate the changing of seasons and to bring back the sun. Massive pine trees surrounded ancient Scottish castles and villages. Scots pine lumber is very durable and water-repellent, which made it highly desirable for ship-building in Scotland and the UK for many centuries.

Pine Christmans tree
Pine trees are the Christmas tree of choice for many people around the world and are strongly associated with Christmas and the Christmas season. In an ancient German legend based on the true story of St. Boniface (675-754) and the cutting-down of Odin’s oak, St. Boniface mentions the pine tree as the tree to be used to celebrate Christmas.

Since Christmas trees first became popular in 16th century Germany and internationally in the 19th century, pines and other evergreens have been the top choice. Their branches are strong enough to hold ornaments, candles, and strings of lights and their fragrance is soothing to anyone who walks into a room where the tree is present. Branches from pine trees such as the Eastern white pine are popular for making Christmas wreathes, garlands, and more. Pine trees have a very long association with Christianity. Since pine trees are evergreen, they are often said to represent God’s everlasting love for humanity and eternal life. Also, pine trees point upward to Heaven.

Many of the world’s pine species provide edible pine nuts. They are eaten around the world and are even found in some teas. Pine nuts are a major source of amino acids and proteins, which make them highly nutritious. Pine nuts are popular in Asian countries such as China and Korea, and the most well-known and commonly-found worldwide are Chinese pine nuts.

Particularly in Tunisia, the pine nut called “Zgougou” is collected from the Aleppo pine (Pinus halepensis Mill.) tree. It is VERY popular and appreciated to make a savory cream adorned with walnuts, cashews, pistachios, candies, almonds, etc., to celebrate the birth of the Prophet Mohamed PBH. Probably too for the religious reputation of the pine tree like elsewhere. Other regions of Tunisia celebrate the same event with other recipes such as the “Assida”, a very simple but delicious semolina or flour-based cream, with olive oil, and sugar or honey.

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