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Rooted in the past

Rooted in the past
Rooted in the Past
Uzbekistan, 2016-2017
All legends about sacred sites in Uzbekistan start in the same way: a prophet or his pupil puts his staff into the ground, and a tree starts grown. Or it’s the burial site of a saint, and a sycamore tree grows on his grave. Quran does not support the cult of saints; however sacred sites are popular in the folk Islam. Under sycamore trees, people ask for healing, resolution of their problems, bestowing a child. Huge pentadactyl leaves remind of palms held up for a prayer.
The ancient trees keep memories of many events and generations. For instance, Alexander the Great made a rest stop under a sycamore tree in Khodjikent village. The hollow of the same sycamore tree was where anti-Soviet Osipov rebels were hiding out with their gold.
Centuries-old sycamore trees develop spacious hollows – “rooms” with up to 100 square feet in footage. Central Asians use these ancient hollows for different purposes – establish schools, shops, museums. Sometimes they provide overnight accommodation for tourists.
The trees continue to blossom despite the hollowness inside, and are capable of living another thousand years.