Friday, July 6, 2012


Driving around I noticed a fencing project going up, but every single trongkon nunu (banyan tree) was left intact while everything else was bulldozed to make way for the new fence.

Some Filipino workers were taking a break and I wondered if they had an explanation.  There are banyan trees in the Philippines and Hawaii, but in neither place do the people associate these trees with spirits.

But, sure enough, this Filipino worker was told not to bulldoze the trongkon nunu because they are "spirit trees."

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