Tree of Life, Bahrain

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Tree of Life
Dirt road leading to the Tree of Life.

The Tree of Life (Shajarat-al-Hayat) in Bahrain is an approximately 400 year-old, 9.75 m (32 ft) high Prosopis cineraria[1] tree located 2 km (1.2 mi) from Jebel Dukhan. The tree stands on top of a 7.6 m (25 ft) high sandy tell that formed around a 500-year-old fortress.[2]

Trees and shrubs of Prosopis genus are extremely well adapted to arid environments with one of the deepest known root systems.[3]

Tourist attraction[edit]

The tree is a local tourist attraction, as it is the only major tree growing in the area. The tree is visited by approximately 50,000 tourists every year and the tree often is damaged by graffiti carvings. It is also believed to be the site for cults practising ancient rites.[4] Since October 2010, archaeologists have unearthed pottery and other artifacts in the vicinity of the tree,[2] some of which may date back to the Dilmun civilisation.[citation needed]

In popular culture[edit]

The tree is mentioned in the movie L.A. Story.[5] It is also mentioned, is a minor part of the plot, and is shown in key scenes, in the true-story adaptation, made for television movie, The Princess and the Marine.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Tree of Life, Bahrain". Wondermondo. 
  2. ^ a b "Amphitheatre plan for Tree of Life". Trade Arabia. 2013-04-07. 
  3. ^ Sharp, Jay W. "The Mesquite". DesertUSA. Retrieved 2012-05-18. 
  4. ^ Singh, Mandeep (2008-12-18). "Sect rites harming Tree of Life". Gulf Daily News. 
  5. ^ "L.A. Story Script - Dialogue Transcript". Drew's Script-O-Rama. Retrieved 2013-04-23. 
  6. ^ "The Princess and the Marine 2001 [Full Movie] Watch".  by YouRube User "Wendell Pigg".  at 29:01

Coordinates: 25°59′39″N 50°35′00″E / 25.994073°N 50.583235°E / 25.994073; 50.583235