The Tree of Life refers to the traditional image we may perceive on the placenta after the baby's born.
The concept of a tree of life has been used in science, religion, philosophy, mythology, and other areas. A tree of life is a mystical concept alluding to the interconnectedness of all life on our planet; and a metaphor for common descent in the evolutionary sense. The tree of knowledge, connecting to heaven and the underworld, and the tree of life, connecting all forms of creation, are both forms of the world. Tree or cosmic tree, according to the Encyclopædia Britannica, and are portrayed in various religions and philosophies as the same tree.
The placenta often plays an important role in various cultures, with many societies conducting rituals regarding its disposal. In the Western world, the placenta is most often incinerated.
Some cultures bury the placenta for various reasons. The Māori of New Zealand traditionally bury the placenta from a newborn child to emphasize the relationship between humans and the earth. Likewise, the Navajo bury the placenta and umbilical cord at a specially chosen site, particularly if the baby dies during birthIn Cambodia and Costa Rica, burial of the placenta is believed to protect and ensure the health of the baby and the mother. If a mother dies in childbirth, the Aymara of Bolivia bury the placenta in a secret place so that the mother's spirit will not return to claim her baby's life.
The placenta is believed by some communities to have power over the lives of the baby or its parents. The Kwakiutl of British Columbia bury girls' placentas to give the girl skill in digging clams, and expose boys' placentas to ravens to encourage future prophetic visions. In Turkey, the proper disposal of the placenta and umbilical cord is believed to promote devoutness in the child later in life. In Ukraine, Transylvania, and Japan, interaction with a disposed placenta is thought to influence the parents' future fertility.
Several cultures believe the placenta to be or have been alive, often a relative of the baby. Nepalese think of the placenta as a friend of the baby; Malaysian Orang Asli regard it as the baby's older sibling. The Ibo of Nigeria consider the placenta the deceased twin of the baby, and conduct full funeral rites for it Native Hawaiians believe that the placenta is a part of the baby, and traditionally plant it with a tree that can then grow alongside the child.
Various cultures in Indonesia, such as Javanese, believe that the placenta has a spirit and needs to be buried outside the family house. In some cultures, the placenta is eaten, a practice known as placentophagy. In some eastern cultures, such as China and Hong Kong, the dried placenta is thought to be a healthful restorative and is sometimes used in preparations of traditional Chinese medicine and various health products.
I'm always ready for new adventures. Travelling is part of my life. I like to think that if life is a journey, then travel is to live twice.
I love french fries, movies and above all documentaries (with a collection of more than 350 movies based on history, archeology, biography and Human Rights from all over the world). In 2010 I bought my first semi-pro camera (Canon XH-A1) and 2 Sennheiser mics to go travel in Mexico, filming and documenting, from Mexico DF until Chiapas, the work of traditional midwives. I met Angelina Martinez Miranda in Temixco and made my first feature-length movie, Born in Mexico - The Day I Became a Mother. Through this movie I wanted to show my personal experience in a "Casa de parto" with a positive look on Mexican Traditional Midwifery and the natural power of women to give life.
So, I founded Tree of Life-Video with the desire to raise awareness to people through conferences, workshops and media-communications on women's rights to have a natural birth. I'm deeply concerned about childbirth situation all around the world and problems concerning childhood and women's health.