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Sunday, December 9, 2012
Spiritual Tree Of SEA: Banyan Tree (榕樹)
believe that Banyan Tree is the tree that can suck up all type of chi energies.
The thick air roots of a Banyan tree that hang vertically from the tree
branches remind spectator of the beard of an old man. Old folks say that a
Banyan tree can maintain the luck and prosperity for 100 years and it governs
the well being of a village. Hence a century old Banyan tree amongst Chinese
community has the title of “Uncle Guardian” of an area.
As to the
question if the chi accumulated by a Banyan tree is auspicious, we will have to
refer to Feng Shui theory: If the Banyan tree is situated near a slaughter
house, graveyard, hospital, rubbish dump; and then naturally the chi
accumulated won’t be pure and hence whoever lives near the tree will have very
bad luck and health. But if the Banyan tree is grown in an area with clean air,
water and beautiful environment; needless to say then, the chi will be good.
belief, banyan trees or locally known as balate tree. Some Filipino sorcerers
will plant banyan trees during Good Friday celebrations.
In some areas
of Philippines, some people believe that balete trees are dwelling places for
supernatural beings like kapre or tikbalang. In some places, sorcery rituals
are known performed inside the chambers formed by the tree. Also among others,
some folks suggest not bringing in balete as decorative plants inside a house
as they allegedly invite ghosts.
Drive in New Manila, Quezon City, named after a gargantuan balete tree that
used to stand in the middle of the street, is allegedly one of the most haunted
places in the city. The tale of a white lady appears at night hailing cars that
drive by have been circulated since the 1950s.
The fact is
that whatever the belief of a banyan/balete tree is, please do not plant this
tree too near your house, or its roots will damage the foundation of your new
house pretty soon.