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|Description ||Madron Well (SW44653280) is actually situated beneath a cloutie hung tree in very boggy ground. The water runs into this little ruined chapel nearby. The custom of hanging rags or "clouties" on the tree is a very ancient one and not a modern "new age" invention. Records from the 17th and 18th centuries describe the custom and the many cures experienced. There does seem solid evidence that this well has been venerated from pagan times. The water has a high radiation level|
|The "cloutie" seems to be a universal thing- I have seen "holy wells" and "sacred trees" decorated the same in South America, the Mediterrainian area and the Far east - there must be a common thread ( no pun intended !) |
|Something I read today makes this 'cloutie-hanging' so obvious. (Forgive me if someone has already written about this on the Meg P website!) I was reading about a well where the water was long-respected for its cure of eye problems. Rags were used to bathe the eyes with its water, and then hung up in the bushes or trees around it. So they were an integral part of the whole ritual, rather than just a token offering.|
| The radiation probably comes out of the granite - radon? |
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