Arborphilia and Sacred Rebellion


  • Bron Taylor University of Florida



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While human perceptions of trees are variable, arborphilia—friendly or loving feelings toward trees—is common.1 Sometimes such fellow feeling precipitates rebellion.


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How to Cite

Taylor, B. (2013). Arborphilia and Sacred Rebellion. Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture, 7(3), 239–242.




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