A Southern Tradition
Posted 08 September 2003 - 05:08 PM
Point of Origin?
Multi cultural uses?
Posted 09 September 2003 - 07:56 PM
"Once a common site in the Southern landscape, the bottle tree is now an increasing rarity as ancient folk beliefs and costumes fall from the common usage. The origins of the tree go back the ninth century. In the Congo, where hand-blown glass was hung on huts and trees as a talisman against evil, you can find the practice of removing the foliage from a tree (preferably a cedar, because of all the branches point heavenward) and placing the tree in the yard of the house. The bare branches are then covered with colorful glass bottles that attract any evil spirits that may be lurking near the house. The spirit becomes mesmerized by the play of sunlight through the colorful glass and becomes trapped inside the bottle. When the wind blows past them, the moans of ensnared spirits can be heard whistling on the breeze."
ok for some reason this first link is not working properly but if you copy it and paste to address bar then add 's%20yard.htm to the end of it you can view the page
Posted 10 September 2003 - 10:25 AM
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Posted 11 September 2003 - 10:18 AM
Posted 11 September 2003 - 02:59 PM
I hope you can find that link. Ya'll got my interest going on these trees now and I just know I'm gona have to take a drive around some of these country roads to see if I can find some ;D
Posted 12 October 2003 - 11:03 AM
Now that I have seen this one I am considering constructing one of my own. So if some of my post seem to be coming out off a drunken tongue, it will be due to the excessive amounts of Sky vodka being consumed to complete this project. 8)
Posted 13 October 2003 - 09:38 AM
I've never heard of this southern tradition, but it sounds very interesting. I'm going to keep my eye on this thread, and maybe we'll find out more about these Spirit Trees.
Both my grandparents were born and raised in Harlan Co. Ky, also known as Bloody Harlan. I'll ask my almost 89 yr old grandpa about it next time I visit. He may know something about them.
Posted 13 October 2003 - 11:15 AM
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Posted 13 October 2003 - 03:57 PM
I don't know if it's allowed or not, but I'll try to post the link here.
Posted 14 October 2003 - 05:14 PM
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