“In Tainan, there was a hardworking woman who saved a fortune. She later lived with a merchant from Quan-zhou. This merchant was very sly and ruthless. He lied to her that he was going to Quan-zhou for business. Then he took her saving and never came back.
The woman waited for years to find out she was deceived. She was angry and finally kill herself. Her spirit could not die in peace so she appeared under the Screw Pine every evening. She bought the stick rice dumpling from the vendor with fake money. Afterwards, when people found out she was ghost, nobody dare to walk here.” Men gathered to deliberate and eventually built a shrine to workshop her spirit, after which, she was never seen again.
The shrine sits in a low land next to Li Jien Hospital near Tainan Train Station. The renowned Lin Tou Tree was cut down during road reconstruction.
- 1921 Taiwan New Day News, Taiwan Local History Collection by Kataoka Iwan
“A lonely soul wandering in front of Chihkan Tower and under the Screw Pine
No one knows what’s bothering her and she can only lean by the door with the cold moon above”
At the end of Ching Dynasty, De-ching River flew through Tainan with four-meter tall Screw Pine trees stood by the river. The tree trunks were straight and thorny with jagged-shaped leaves. At that time, forest in Taiwan was the paradise for wild animals and the hunting ground for the aborigine people to explore.
At 1860, Taiwan was officially open to foreign trade and export large amount of goods taken from the forest.
At 1895, Japanese occupied Taiwan and stared the massive development of Taiwan’s forest.
At 1912, massive deforestation started until 1990. Enormous devastation of the natural land has led to serious strike-back from nature in the late 20th century, the trend of global warming is prominent.
The green vegetation of Taiwan has disappeared. Although we are still surrounded by different forms of “forest”, the one with insufficient oxygen to breathe.