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From the Dark Wilderness to Neighborhood Centers

10/27/15 | View Comments

This Halloween week inspires images of witches weaving spells in the woods and ghostly creatures in the night. Groves and forests have been imagined as places where our ancestors roam, where the trees may reach out to grab you, or where a “Divine Sacred” dwells. The ancient Greeks consecrated “the finest among their trees to some divinity.”

The sacred often takes on spatial form, whether the scale of significance be individual or societal, and is often expressed as place. Lewis Mumford observed in The City in History (1961) that burial grounds, shrines, cairns and other sacred sites (including groves or forests) served as the nuclei of human settlements because they provided cultural magnets and prominent sites to which our nomadic ancestors would return.

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