Not an update on "wishing trees" by any chance?The only explanation I can think of is that someone noticed them on the ground and decided to put them in the trees, to be a challenge to people following. Would the following people at least take the hint to NOT discard such rubbish? Would someone collect the garbage and clean the path?
I suspect something of the sort might be happening. Every so often a new "tradition" seems to pop up out of nowhere. At one time there were hundreds of crosses made of intertwined sticks fixed to part of the airport chain link fence as the Camino Frances approached Santiago. And a short distance from those there was an area of woodland where many of the trees had items of clothing left hanging from them. Slightly disturbing. A tree on the Camino Sanabres very near the Galicia border has many shoes swinging from its branches. It only takes one person to leave their mark in a distinctive way and others may follow their example. I shudder at the sordid mess the Cruz de Ferro has become in recent years because of this trend.Not an update on "wishing trees" by any chance?
Leaving a rock in a nature setting is way better than leaving your gross mask hanging from a tree. Shouldn't we all make the effort to leave a place better than we found it.I was reading an online post about his camino recently, and a quite pious man walking a camino was making it his practice to leave stones all over the place, with a prayer, as memorials to various persons. He seemed to think this a normal religious practice for pilgrims. I can't say that he was wrong.
I noticed these masks on my last day walking the Camino Portuguuese into SDC in early May and was also very curious. When I got home I googled it but coudn't find anything there. I don't think it was as simple as pilgrims following suit as they walked by, because they seemed like they were in difficult spots to hang and it would have taken some effort. I wonder if they are still there or if its been cleaned up since?Camino Portuguese in April... and outskirts of SC walking through woodlands, there is a stretch where masks and tissue paper were hanging from low hanging branches of trees. Quite a few actually. And seemed not to be random.
Anyone know why?