Thursday, March 29, 2012

The Bleeding Yew

In Nevern, Pembrokeshire, Wales, at the Nevern Parish Church, you can find the bleeding yew tree. In the churchyard, ancient yew trees line the path leading up to the church. One of the trees is extremely old and twisted with a dark red liquid flowing from a gash in the trunk. The liquid is the color and consistency of blood. 
 There are several legends to explain this 'bleeding' phenonmenon. Many believe Jesus Christ was crucified on a cross made from the yew tree, and that the tree bleeds in sympathy. Some say the yew tree was the Tree of Life in the Garden of Eden.One story says that a man, perhaps a monk, was hung from the yew tree for a crime of which he was innocent. Supposedly he declared that the tree would bleed for eternity, to prove his innocence.


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