Coconut Lore and LegendThe lore of the coconut is wide and varied, with it always portrayed as an item of great value.
In northern India, it is the fruit of the "Tree of Life," where coconuts are kept by priests to dispense as a fertility symbol to women who wish to conceive.
On the other hand, in Bali, women are forbidden to touch coconut palms for fear of draining the fertility of the tree into the woman.
In New Guinea, it is believed that the palm sprouted from the head of the first man to die.
On some South Pacific Islands, discs were carved from the hard shell to be used as currency.
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