This article is from the Religion-Shamanism FAQ, by Dean Edwards, Stef Jones, Jilara, Jane Beckman, Ann Albers with numerous contributions by others.
The Axis of the World around which the Earth and the
heavens rotate. Long a synonym for Spirit, the Axis Mundi has
been represented as a great mountain, a tree, a pillar, a column,
and a rod or staff of power,
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