Of old, the Celts believed that trees had souls and could think and even move.  Trees were planted over the graves of the dead, especially of ill fated lovers, and it was thought that their spirits continued on inside the shell of the tree.  In Athens, Tennessee they tell the mostly true story of the Hackberry and the Oak: see Chapter 29 of Dixie Spirits, http://www.sourcebooks.com/store/dixie-spirits.html

Of old, the Celts believed that trees had souls and could think and even move. Trees were planted over the graves of the dead, especially of ill fated lovers, and it was thought that their spirits continued on inside the shell of the tree. In Athens, Tennessee they tell the mostly true story of the Hackberry and the Oak: see Chapter 29 of Dixie Spirits, http://www.sourcebooks.com/store/dixie-spirits.html

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