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Ceiba The World Tree

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Known as the first world tree, or just world tree in Ancient Maya, the pokey thorns characteristic of the ceiba tree were depicted all over Mayan art from drinking cups, incense burners, architecture, and more. The ceiba tree was an emblem of the universe, symbolizing communication between the underworld (roots), the trunk middle world, where humans live, and heaven with it's canopy high in the sky.