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The bottle tree tradition arrived with slaves from the Congo region of Africa, who believed evil spirits got trapped inside the bottles before they had a chance of getting into the home. (Blue bottles were the favorite color because spirits were said to be especially attracted to it.) In some traditions, these spirits entered at night and were killed when the sun heated the glass during the day. In other traditions, the bottles were periodically removed, plugged, then set adrift in the river.
Bottle trees have their roots in Congo culture. The practice was brought over by slaves who hung blue bottles from trees and huts as talismans to ward off evil spirits. It is believed that the spirits become mesmerized by the colors of the bottles in the sun. Once they enter the bottle, they can't find their way out, like roach motels. www.squidoo.com/...
Placing empty glass bottles in the garden as a way to trap evil spirits is a Southern tradition. These days, a bottle tree is also a way to remember a special celebration or add sparkling color to a quiet spot in the garden. One of these are in Taylor's Valley!! :-D
Love Bottle Trees ...You can see bottle trees scattered all over the Southern landscape. Especially in Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi & Tennesee ~ bottle trees are a colorful folk tradition with the purpose of warding off evil spirits, while at the same time recycling colorful bottles.
I want to make a bottle tree. Blue is my favorite color!