Since the dawn of human society, trees have been viewed as having souls or spirits, the soul being the ''vital principal'' or the ''breath of life'' that is found in every living being. Theosophical teachings have maintained that these spirit beings are members of the vast hierarchy of the angelic kingdom, whose evolution is believed to be parallel yet separate from our own.
Among the ancient tribes, deities were associated with a variety of trees, including the pines and cedar, Butum, the tamarisks, and the Acacia. The tribes worshiped these sacred trees, which were often planted or natural growing near sacred wells, gorges, and other holy sites or tribes crossings.
Among today Bedouins, sacred trees are still considered as places where spirits reside. Not only these trees protected from citing, but they are honored with green cloths, hairs, Henna, and even stones.
Among some gulf state tribes the Ausaj Bush is considered to be under the special protection of Spirits. And for the Karak tribes of Jordan the Dome is considered to be protected by holy spirits at the village of Bethdan. It is never cut nor are branches even broken from it. It is believed that anyone injure it will be followed and tormented.
The Bani Hameda is said to be seen under a Dom Acacia tree in Wadi Al Mougeb while the elder was putting on its trunk oil and geeh.
Among some Bedouins of Palestine, the tamarisk "Turfa", a hardy flowering tree native to the desert and dead sea area, is a holy tree. Bedouins believe that when you pass a tamarisk at night when the wind is blowing, you can hear the branches whispering, "Alah, Allah."
Among the early Semites, holy men and seers were associated with a variety of trees, including the pines and cedar of Lebanon, the oaks and the Acacia's of the Arabian deserts. The Acacia was sacred to the Jews, who forbade its use for any secular purpose, such as building private homes or making furniture.
The Bible also tells us that the early Semites venerated Asherath ''Al Uzza'', the female who represented the fruitful or nourishing earth. She was worshiped under a tree, or often a stake or pole decorated with cloth. These places were known as ''Asherim'' and were an important feature of early Semitic sanctuaries. Worship of Asherath flourished from approximately 1150 to 500B.C.