From Grimm’s Fairy Tales to the Magic Tree House series, trees often represent a protagonist’s fear or a place of rebirth and regeneration. Forests figure prominently in older works, in part due to Germanic tribes’ belief that trees served as dwelling places for gods.
Celtic tribes were of similar thought; in fact, from Egypt to China, most systems of myth embrace the tree as a unifying, fertility symbol.
Our favourite forest flick, the masterpiece Princess Mononoke (Miramax), merges nature, myth and history. Set in long-ago Japan, it tells of young Ashitaka and his quest to resolve the struggle between the magic forest guardians and resource-hungry humans.