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Wild Hawthorn

At the very top of the mountain the trees of a wild thorn can be found. The scorching sun dried out its branches, winds have dried its roots but the wild thorns keep struggling for its survival spreading its roots deep into the soil. The tradition of tying a piece of fabric came from prehistoric times and still remains very popular among different nations. Symbolic tying of a knot represents ‘finishing’ with the past.

After the pilgrim throws the stone, he/she approaches the wild Hawthorns to perform a tying ritual. The gesture of “tying the knot” on the wild bush signifies a rebirth of “self” free of addiction.  Historically, Central Asians believe the wild hawthorn bush is sacred.

Offering prayers, represented by tying a piece of cloth to one of its branches, has been performed by a multitude of passing nationalities for centuries as a gesture of respect for Mother Nature.  Hawthorns live a long time.  By tying a piece of fabric, people were symbolically adjusting themselves to the harsh conditions which surrounded the hawthorn - the scorching sun, high winds, downpours,  hail and storms. This tradition is still followed by many different nations.

Although the ritual is symbolic, the importance of it cannot be understated.  During the psycho-therapeutic program, the meaning of the gestures is deeply important for the patients. When tying the knot on the branch, the pilgrim makes a promise to never use drugs again, thus anchoring his/her troubled past forever.