The Witch Woman

Ancient legend tells of an evil witch woman that spread misery across the lower mainland. “This condemned soul once animated the body of a witch-woman, who went up and down the coast, over seas and far inland, casting her evil eye on innocent people, and bringing them untold evils and diseases (Johnson 141).” Bringing death to her would not halt her evil ways, for death would release her spirit to wander the land. The only alternative was to trap her spirit within stone in the middle of the forest.  Doing so would limit the range of her evil deeds.  The stone is said to exist today and can be identified by ugly pock marks etched into the rock like acid stains. As the legend goes, those who wander to close to the stone become lured in losing their way in the forest. Each mark is representative of an act of black magic performed by the evil witch woman. “Nothing in this, nor yet the next world, would tempt a Coast Indian into the compact centres of the wild portions of the park (Johnson 140).” To keep the tourists and those unaware of the legend away from the evil spirit, the Gods brought together the kindest entities in the land. Transforming them into trees.  Much like evil is transformed into ugliness, the good spirits were transformed into giants of beauty.  As humans are innately lured to beauty, the trees were considered protectors.

Johnson, Pauline. “The lure in Stanley Park.” Legends of Vancouver. England: Hazel, Wtson and Viney, LD.

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