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Tuesday, May 27, 2014
The Story Of Love Tree Family (爱情树)
The cengal tree on left is the mother, the right is a banyan tree which is the father with the center tree as their child.
There are always two bird nests at any single time. Believe it or not?
I was visiting
an agarwood plantation in Gopeng and my guide brought me to a pair of entangled
trees. On one side, it is a rare Cengal Emas (Neobalanocarpus Heimii) and on
the other a Banyan tree. Both trees seem to be hugging each other with another
Cengal Emas growing erect between the two.
to my tour guide, the Cengal Emas was the emanation of a British lad, the Banyan
tree an aboriginal lady while the central piece is their offspring. Story has
it that the plantation management wanted to cut down the trees in the beginning
of agarwood planting phase but whatever they tried, the machineries would fail
at the very beginning… First, the bulldozers won’t start and the chainsaw
failed on touching the tree trunk.
Finally an aborigine
elder came to them and told them this story:
decade ago, a young and handsome British lad fell in love with an aborigine
girl and they wanted to get married. However, their sweet dream was opposed by
the youth’s parents and they lodge a complaint to the British authority at that
acted according and sent in trooper to arrest the aborigine girl. The couple
was very scared on learning of the arrival of the army and didn’t know what to
do. Finally they came to the current location and made a prayer to the mountain
prayer, the mountain god manifested in front of the couple and told them that
if they truly love each other and that they wanted to stay with each other until
the end of the world; then the mountain god can turn them into a pair of
boulders or trees of their choice. After some pondering, the couple decided to
become trees and the mountain god thus turned the lady and lad into two huge
trees which stayed put until these days.
I am in no position
to say if the above story is true, but the guide told me that birds normally
build nests in pairs as shown in picture 2. If you have the time, why not come to
Gopeng to see the lover trees with your own eyes and make a wish too!