|Hinhan flys in
||[May. 30th, 2009|11:15 am]
+ Name : Hinhan
+ Age : 34
+ Country : United States (Maine)
+ Main Interests (Community-Related): Lakota and Algonquin Mythology and Supernaturalism, Core Shamanism, Ethics, Morality, and Spiritual Practices born in Animistic perspectives in the modern day, Holistic living and healing
+ Other Interests : European Folklore, American Folklore, Revivalist Animistic/Pagan beliefs from old Europe
+ Visited Any Ancient American Sites? I lived 40 miles from Poverty Point for many years- Poverty Point was the first city in North America, and the mysterious site itself is beyond amazing, especially the Eagle Mound. I now live near Mount Katahdin, the most sacred mountain and land to the Algonquin peoples, as well as others. I have seen the Mississippi mound systems, as well as Sipapu in the Grand Canyon. All very amazing places, with a depth of spiritual power in them that is immense.
+ Places You'd Like to Visit : (just in the Americas?) Countless, but The Black Hills stands out.
+ How Did You Come Across the Community? Drifting along through the miasma of LJ. I'd say it was a "random" discovery, except that I don't really believe in true "randomness".
+ Any Other Information About Yourself? Renegade Mystic, member of the Foundation for Shamanic Studies, the Bear Road Society, and several other Heathen organizations, devoted to the sacred powers and the Unseen world. I've spent years studying historical Lakota and Algonquin sacred culture, and earth-related mysteries worldwide. I deal daily with trance-work and comprehending extra-sensory reality (as well as such a thing can be comprehended). I am an herbalist as well.
What were your impressions of Poverty Point? I've always wanted to visit.
I share alot of your interests. Please feel free to contribute and welcome to the community.
My impressions of Poverty Point were...
That the original people of the place had just stepped out, but were nearby and preparing to come back soon. The eagle mound was and is the spiritual center of the entire complex- and it is a powerful place, a place that is "very thin"- not much between you and the unseen world when you are on top of it.
There is a mild sense of foreboding in the site, and the old streets of the site are all but impossible to see without the markers- but when it rains, and the grass is darker, you can see the impressions in the earth over which they had the low hill upon which they built their huts. The whole enormity of the site becomes obvious then. The place seems timeless, even though it has been all but taken back by nature.
They didn't throw offerings into the water that was nearby- the body of water that was once south of the site is gone. It was a bog and a river. It's missing now, but archaeologists found no evidence of offering hurled into the water, as I expected there would be. Also, there are no dead bodies. No cemeteries, no burned remains, nothing.That is a big mystery. What were they doing with their bodies? And why did they alone not make offerings to the waters? Nearly every human group on earth has done this- when they depended on a river or lake or ocean or bog, they gave offerings to it, and to the powers of it.
It's clear to me that these people had a religion that was far more "internal", far simpler than we can imagine, one that didn't deal nearly as much with the dead or offerings, and instead had something to do with animals- especially the big bird that the eagle mound (that's a modern name) represented. Who knows what it was, originally. It's definitely some sort of bird. They went up on that high mound, higher than all the others, to be closer to the aerial power.
Poverty Point is superb. Please visit.
Wow. Excellent review. Thank you for enlightening. Agreed, there are some fat question marks for the site and the culture that inhabited/created it. However, its Mississippian/Pre-Mississippian...what did the Mississippian Civilizations do with their dead, primarily? KNow that some of them were buried in the architecture? Is this not the case with any bodies at Poverty Point?
And a question about the site's roads...do you think satellite can tease out the old paths better than an on-foot survey. I'm gonna zip over to Google Earth to see what I can see, but to date I've not thought to look at any of the Mississippian Places this way.
As soon, as I am in the area, rest assured, I will visit. I recently finished driving a truck back in January. On the road, any older mound site, antiquated Native city I came within 100 miles of, I made a point to visit. You might appreciate my personal recollection of a visit to Cahokia buried in my blog.
I was just living in a community in Virginia and I met a Lakota Indian, he was heading out west for the Sun Dancing ritual, anyways he was glowing quite a lot when he came back, but it seems the spiritual celebrations are strongly followed, and something really that I have never experienced, but it does sound beautiful!!!!