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Also on display outside the Welcome Center is a bottle tree. Bottle trees come from old southern black culture and has its roots in the animistic spiritualism and totemism of several African tribes. The bottles are placed on stripped branches that point upwards. The belief is that spirits are attracted by the brightly colored bottles, enter them, and are trapped. When the wind blows and the bottles make noise that is the sound of the trapped spirits sighing. Today these trees are more often made for decoration than for spiritualism; but they are still a pretty and interesting reminder of southern culture of the past.
Written Nov 11, 2009