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Tree: Buffalo thorn (Ziziphus mucronata)

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Tree: Buffalo thorn (Ziziphus mucronata)

Unread post by wildtuinman » Tue Jun 28, 2005 8:11 am

The local people believes that if u die in the veld for example get trampled by an elephant that a branch from a nearby buffalo thorn should be taken to retrieve your spirit from it.

When transported a seperate seat must be booked for the branch as it is still seen as a person.
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Unread post by fevertree » Tue Jun 28, 2005 10:08 am

The other belief associated with this tree is that it is a link between heaven and earth. The hooked thorn holds the person spirit on earth, while the straight thorn directs the spirit to heaven.
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Unread post by DuQues » Tue Jun 28, 2005 10:32 am

South AfricanNational Parks Imbewu Youth Programme wrote:Participants identify and learn about species, discovering, for example, the medicinal properties of plants. Examples include the weeping wattle tree used for cleansing bad spells in a village or yard; Aloe which can be used for blood cleansing and for the treatment of burns; and the use of Buffalothorn tree - Ziziphus mucronata - to heal abscesses having mixed the leaves in hot water.

Which nicely adds a use for WTM's weeping wattle as well.

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Unread post by ceruleanwildfire » Wed Jun 29, 2005 9:51 am

Besides heeling abscesses, the boiled leaves make for a nice version of bush spinach. Very nutritious.


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