Monday, June 28, 2010
The French Bride's Ghost
The young woman was beautiful in her white dress with her flowing blond hair. People came from all over to see her on her wedding day. Unfortunately, the local natives came as well. They came with the intention of driving the European settlers out of Charleston once and for all. They killed everyone they could and they scalped the young bride and hung her scalp from the tree above her house. Time past and the natives reclaimed their land. As time past, the hair began to gray and change as if the young bride were still alive. The natives became afraid that her ghost was haunting them. Not only did the hair gray but it thickened and it spread and as it spread the natives became sure that the ghost of the young bride was coming to take her revenge. They fled the tree, but the hair grew on all the trees. It spread from tree to tree as if it were chasing the bride's assassins.
Finally, the natives fled the region and the Europeans reclaimed it. The bride's hair remained as a reminder of what had happened. It thickened and darkened and became the Spanish moss that hangs from so many trees in the South today.