I involved a lot of kids in children’s ministry skits, and they proved very creative, especially good photos came from the Byrum church. I also had an outstanding prayer time in FPC in Jackson—the prayer example of one of the singers really influenced and blessed me.
Then, traveling through Mississippi, I visited the visited the Grand Village of the Natchez Indians, seeing where the Great Sun (chief) and the temple were located when they came in contact with the French. I also met a chief. A major pow-wow was taking place, but I'm on my way to Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
The mound designs are a simple, rustic version of, apparently an attempt to mimic, or a prototype of, the Aztec and Maya pyramids. The concept is the same: worship of the sun, claim of inheritance from the sun, a raised mound with a temple on top.
There are certain facets in common with Celtic religion: e.g. human sacrifice of a late chief's retainers to accompany him into the afterlife. Also a raised procession-way leading to the temple—some stone circles in Britain had these, as did the pyramids in Mesoamerica. And the similarity to Egyptian religion: royal procession ways, pyramid temples, location of the temple by a major waterway. Also, in common with Egypt, Mesoamerica and Celtic practice: close observation of solar and stellar movement—e.g. places where the sun rises and sets at different times of the year. Also, for instance, the three mounds at this Grand Village are in a straight line on an axis 30 degree NE of due north.
A reader had seen mounds in WV, but didn’t know if they were burial mounds or a place of worship. A conjectured that, given the proximity of WV to OH, the WV mounds would be part of the same belief system as at the great snake mound at Chillicothe. The reader says her family ‘lived practically on the edge of the Ohio River’, and at the Marietta museum, she attended a lecture where the speaker had the same conclusion I did.
Another reader pointed out that Cahokia, Illinois, has mounds where Native Americans used to observe the seasons. Yes, Cahokia Mounds was the sort of HQ of the Mississippi river culture of Native Americans, a logical place to have a river-based culture's HQ, since the Missouri and Ohio both connect with the Mississippi in that area. Other pagans have their HQ there, too!
After visiting several Christian bookstores in the South, I never found a copy of Cottonpatch Gospel—either the printed book or a performance DVD of the musical that came from it. If you can't find a Southern translation in the South, then truly the apocalypse is upon us! Meanwhile I look also for:
A Scots Gospel
The Moffatt translation (by James Moffatt)
And I'm looking for (preferably) performance DVDs or (otherwise) CDs of:
Your Arms Are Too Short to Box With God.
Cool in the Furnace
Perry Como in Chicago in the 1970s
Roger Whittaker in Toronto in the 1970s
John Gary live anywhere
Melissa Manchester live anywhere
Happy Goodman Family in Huntsville, AL, in (I think) the 1980s
Singing Rambos (Dottie, Buck, Reba)
performance DVDs ( I already have CDs) of the Imperials (during the time Sherman Andrus and Terry Blackwood were with them, or the time immediately afterward when Dave Smith and Russ Taff were with them--the 'Sail On' time) and of Andrus, Blackwood and Co.
And to think that until I reached Tuscaloosa, I did not know it is the city of the Crimson Tide. The depth of my ignorance was abysmal. I wept at the sainted feet of Bear Bryant.