My great-grandma pointed the coconut tree for my grandma and her sister and told them where she buried her placenta. After giving birth to a child, the mother or somebody took her placenta and buried it under the tree with the belief that if the tree grows well, the child will have a good life. She led her kids to the rice field where she put another placenta of my uncle. The placenta was well kept in the jar and buried under the sugar palm tree as the tree has a long life despite its slow growth. It can endure the harsh climate. That’s why she put it under the tree. My uncle will have a long life and be strong like the tree. The tree we buried the placenta can be a memorable tree, either. She thought it was a good idea that we had a tree to reminisce. Moreover, we can take the fruitful benefits from the tree.
I was impressed by the local wisdom and belief that the placenta of the newborn baby is buried under the tree. It is believed that if the tree grows well, the baby will have a beautiful life. Mostly, it is likely to bury the placenta under the perennial tree when it is young, such as a coconut tree. This tree has a lot of benefits for the owner and tolerates the destructive nature. Despite slow growth, it is hard to die. I like this belief as it teaches me to conserve nature. It’s time for us to be well aware of this issue and help preserve nature in order to hand on the responsible value to our next generation.