from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A vivifying sentient spirit imagined by tree-worshipers to exist in every tree.
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"What if that tree-soul which the Kakatanawa guard were the sum of all our souls?"
The powers which he exercised as a tree-soul incorporate in a tree, he still continues to wield as a god of trees.
In other words, instead of regarding each tree as a living and conscious being, man now sees in it merely a lifeless, inert mass, tenanted for a longer or shorter time by a supernatural being who, as he can pass freely from tree to tree, thereby enjoys a certain right of possession or lordship over the trees, and, ceasing to be a tree-soul, becomes a forest god.