Saturday, May 14, 2011

The Legend behind the Saga Seeds

By Rachel

Legend has it that there was a great war in a certain country, and a brave man has to leave his wife behind to defend his homeland.

The wife sat on top of a mountain, and cried as she prayed for the safe return of her loved one.

However, he never returned.

Day after day she cried, until her tears ran dry.

She started to cry blood in place of tears, and these drops of blood became red coloured seeds as they fell onto the earth.

These seeds grew into huge trees full of fruits with the same beautiful red seeds.

The seeds were then known as the “remembrance beans”, as they represent the wife reminiscing of her time with her husband and her longing for him to return.

This leads to the formerly popular tradition in Singapore, where people give a bottle full of saga seeds to their beloved other half, especially when the latter is going for distant trips.

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