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英国现传说中的“摇钱树”

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小编摘要:天上不会掉馅饼,钱也不是大风刮来的,世俗观念里的摇钱树只是个传说,可在英国真有那么一棵摇钱树,树干中密密麻麻长满了硬币。

导读:据悉,几个世纪前,在英国不少过路人用石头把硬币砸进树干,以求自己的好运气,或有情侣将硬币砸进树中代表两人情深不渝。传统上认为,树是有灵性的,所以有不少人逢年过节会给树上装饰彩带、糖果和礼物这也是现在圣诞树的由来。几百年后,树渐渐长大变粗,原本被砸进树干里的硬币又重见天日,随着树长了出来。

Woodland wonder: Trees are traditional sources of good luck as deities were thought to reside in them

Woodland wonder: Trees are traditional sources of good luck as deities were thought to reside in them

They say money doesn't grow on trees.

But it certainly appears to do so on the mysterious coin-studded trunks dotted around the UK's woodland.

The strange phenomenon of gnarled old trees with coins embedded all over their bark has been spotted on trails from the Peak District to the Scottish Highlands.

The coins are usually knocked into felled tree trunks using stones by passers-by, who hope it will bring them good fortune.

These fascinating spectacles often have coins from centuries ago buried deep in their bark and warped by the passage of time.

The tradition of making offerings to deities at wishing trees dates back hundreds of years, but this combination of the man-made and the natural is far more rare.

It used to be believed that divine spirits lived in trees, and they were often festooned with sweets and gifts - as is still done today at Christmas.

The act is reminiscent of tossing money into ponds for good luck, or the trend for couples to attach 'love padlocks' to bridges and fences to symbolise lasting romance.

Some pubs, such as the Punch Bowl in Askham, Cumbria, have old beams with splits in them into which coins are forced for luck.

There are seven felled tree trunks with coins pushed into them in the picturesque village of Portmeirion, in Wales.

Meurig Jones, an estate manager at the tourist destination, told the BBC: 'We had no idea why it was being done when we first noticed the tree trunk was being filled with coins.‘

'I did some detective work and discovered that trees were sometimes used as "wishing trees" .’

'In Britain it dates back to the 1700s - there is one tree in Scotland somewhere which apparently has a florin stuck into it.'

He said that a sick person could press a coin into a tree and their illness would go away.

'If someone then takes the coin out though, it's said they then become ill.'

'We haven't publicised it at all, it's just happened,' he added. 'It's quite amazing really.'

In Scotland, there is also a legend about a kissing tree. If a young man could drive a nail into a tree with one blow, he earned a kiss from his sweetheart.

Yoko Ono has used wishing trees in her artwork, and in 1877 Queen Victoria wrote about visiting an oak tree with coins stuck in it in the Highlands.

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