In general, a tradition is a belief or behavior that has symbolic meaning or special significance with origins in the past, and is passed down within a group or society especially by word of mouth or by practice. The word "tradition" itself derives from the Latin tradere literally meaning "to transmit, to hand over, to give for safekeeping." Traditions occur in all realms of life, and can be both practical and sacred.
Not surprisingly, there are many traditions linked to man's relationship with the earth. Whether cutting peat in the Scottish Highlands, tending an Azorean garden that was created almost a quarter of a millennia ago, or practicing the ancient art of beekeeping in the Slovenian hinterlands, terrestrial traditions pay homage to our human connection to the planet. Read on for personal accounts of cultural connections to the land, and the myriad ways in which people relate to their landscape.