In Celtic Lore, the Crann Bethadh symbolizes all of nature coming together in harmony. Believing that trees were the ancestors of human beings, when new settlements were formed, a "Tree of Life" was left untouched (or planted) in the middle of the plantation. This tree became a town center, for which assemblies, ceremonies, and other important meetings were held. Much meaning was derived from the constant cycle of death, and rebirth of the sacred tree through the year's seasons. To enemies, the cutting down of your rival's Crann Bethadh would render them powerless.