As promised here is the post about the picture below. I know it’s almost a week but here it is.
Like I said this is a common sight around Thailand where large gold silk material is wrapped around a Banyan Tree.
This particular tree is in front of my husbands office.
So after asking a couple of my Thai friends I concluded that there are 2 main reasons:
Firstly by wrapping the tree they are effectively saving them. Marking sure that they that they are not cut down.
Secondly there is a strong religious connection. 90% of Thais are practicing Buddhists. So the Banyan tree is very sacred symbol. It is believed that after attaining enlightenment, Buddha sat under a Banyan tree for seven days absorbed in his newfound realization.
Up close, it really is a beautiful tree. It’s an evergreen and is easily identified by it’s aerial roots which hang from it’s branches. I love the leaves – they are broad, oval and a glossy green. It also provides great shade.
Personally I think it’s a great way to save a tree by wrapping it.