Like the English Yew, the Mediterranean Cypress is said to be the tree of life and death, due to its evergreen state even throughout Winter, and conical shape pointing skywards.
Superstition says that being touched by a cypress branch accidentally while walking past it is very unlucky!
Source: Pedroso, Consiglieri (~1883), Tradições Populares Portuguesas.
Image: Troostwyk, David (2005), The Funeral Cypress. Available HERE.
Thank you for reading!
If you are enjoying #Flashlore, please consider supporting me on Ko-fi by clicking the button below.
You must be logged in to post a comment.