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Make a Wish on an Welsh Money Tree

Monday 01.09.2012 , Posted by
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An old tradition from Great Britain has been rediscovered after a curious incident recently covered by the BBC. Staff at the Italian Riviera inspired Welsh village of Portmeirion where baffled after a tree was cut down and soon started filling up with coins hammered into its trunk. “We had no idea why it was being done when we first noticed the tree trunk was being filled with coins,” said Meurig Jones, the Estate manager. After some detective work, however, he found that trees have sometimes been used around Britain as “wishing trees.”

According to Jones, the practice originally began with the belief that pounding a coin into a special tree would take away the illness from a person; removing the coin would, conversely, bring back the illness. Four years after the first felled tree started filling up with coinage, it is completely full of mostly 2p coins and seven more stumps are quickly getting filled. Just how old is the tradition? “In Britain it dates back to the 1700s,” says Jones. “There is one tree in Scotland somewhere which apparently has a florin stuck into it.” Now that is an old tradition. See the tree pictured above in the fun video at the bottom of this post.

Want a different theory on the money trees? These two chaps call the trees Money Dragons and claim the “ritual has been in existence for thousands of years, especially in the Druid inclined North of England.” Watch this fun video and decide for yourself:

Via: This Is Colossal

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Known in some circles as the most amazing man in the universe, he once saved an entire family of muskrats from a sinking, fire engulfed steamboat while recovering from two broken arms relating to a botched no-chute wingsuit landing in North Korea. When not impressing people with his humbling humility, he can be found freelance writing, finding shiny objects on the internet, enjoying the company of much-appreciated friends and living out his nomadic nature. He is Managing Editor of Visual News. Follow his movements on Twitter:

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