El Tule Tree Mural
The Tree of Tule at Santa María del Tule, Oaxaca:
The tree is one of the oldest and largest in the world. It has an age of at least 2,000 years, with its existence chronicled by both the Aztecs and the Spanish that founded the city of Oaxaca. To the indigenous peoples of this area, the tree was sacred. According to Mixtec myth, their people originated from cypress trees, which were considered sacred. This tree was the site of a ritual which included the sacrifice of a dove. The last documented ritual took place in 1834. According to Mixe myth, the origin of this tree is the walking stick of a god or a king by the name of Conday, who stuck his walking stick, supposedly weighing 62 kilos, into the ground on which he rested. From that point on, the tree began to grow, and according to the king version of the story, the king died the same day the tree began to grow.
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