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Symbolic link between the celestial and terrestrial worlds, the banyan is considered sacred as soon as its roots, developing from the branches of the tree stake, touch the ground. It is a strangler fig tree whose seeds transported by birds germinate in the upper branches of another tree which it uses for its growth, surrounds and devours completely. Regarded as the home of gods and spirits, it can not be felled without a prior ceremony.
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