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Bleeding tree


Carlos Atwell

Bleeding tree

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There is a legend in the Caribbean that the cross on which Christ was crucified was made from the wood of the physic nut tree, also known locally as the Barbados nut tree.
This tree is said to “bleed” red sap instead of the normal white sap at noon every Good Friday.
Lester Archibald and his family in Spooner’s Hill, St Michael, called the SATURDAY SUN yesterday to show that this was not just a myth but actually happened. They have three physic nut trees on their property.
“Throughout the year, these trees give a milk. The reason why they bleed [red] is that they are the type of tree that made the cross. At that time [when Jesus was crucified] the whole place went dark and this tree bleeds exactly at 12,” Archibald said.
The land is owned by Archibald’s aunt Agnes Stephens, who said the tree had been doing this for around seven years. Her son Ulric said they decided to contact THE NATION after Archibald had conducted research and realized the significance of the event.
To prove what they said was true, they cut the trunk of one of the trees a few minutes before noon and the sap was a reddish white, indicating the change was taking place. Soon after, they cut the oldest tree on the property and it “bled” a dark red sap.
This is what a website on Caribbean Easter traditions has to say: “It is believed in some rural areas that Jesus’ cross was made from wood obtained from a tree similar to the physic nut tree. As such, it is said that if this tree is cut at noon on Good Friday, the sap will have a reddish colour symbolic of the blood of Christ that flowed while he was on the cross. Though many believe that this is true, there are those who believe that this is just a myth.”
Lester Archibald and his family now have proof for any naysayers that Easter miracles do happen, after all.
Here, Ulric cuts the tree to show how it bleeds.

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