This article is from the Religion-Shamanism FAQ, by Dean Edwards, Stef Jones, Jilara, Jane Beckman, Ann Albers with numerous contributions by others.
A symbolic representation of Spirit as
the axis mundi or center of the world. The World or Cosmic
Mountain, like the World Tree, has its foundations deep in the Earth
and its heights in the Heavens.This Mountain of God is a common motif
not only in shamanism, but also in various religious traditions
around the world.
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