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What are the myths and facts about the weeping willow tree?

Hi, i have heard that the weeping willow is associated with mysticism and witchcraft, is it true? I have heard about some of the myths but i want to know more about such stories, i find them very interesting. Please tell me about the common myths and facts of the weeping willow tree, if you are aware of any. Thanks so much.

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  1. Sanchita Mukherjee says:

    Yes, you are right about the weeping willow being associated with mysticism and witchcraft. The immense height of the tree as well as its stretched out sagging branches look quite inexplicable. The tree is in fact quite a common feature in ancient folklore and mythologies. In England, the willow tree is alleged to be somewhat evil. Myth says that it can uproot itself and haunt the explorers. According to a popular belief, the weeping willow was once a sturdy and upright tree. But due to the demise of a pair of lovers, its branches bowed down in utter despair. In China, a lot many people carry branches of this tree on the Quingming Festival, also known as tomb sweeping festival. The branches are put on the doors and gates to ward off the wicked spirits. The Taoist witches use tiny statuettes made out of the wood of the weeping willow to commune with the other world. The ghostly body then enters the wood and provides the requisite information to the surviving members of the family. Last but not the least, As Alexander the Great crossed the river Euphrates in a boat, his crown was swept off by the branches of a weeping willow. This was a bad premonition and thus according to the Babylonian prophecy was the cause of Alexander’s untimely death.

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