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Dorothy: I thought you said she was dead.

Glinda: That was her sister–the Wicked Witch of the East.  This is the Wicked Witch of the West.  And she’s worse than the other one was.

The Wicked Witch of the West: Who killed my sister? Who killed the Witch of the East?  Was it you?!

-“The Wizard of Oz”

Eight Great Charnel Grounds: according to Tantric literature and the descriptions of wrathful deities and their environments, the eight charnel grounds surround the central palace and deity. There are several different sets of eight names and descriptions for the eight great charnel grounds depending on the Buddhist and Hindu Tantric literature consulted. These charnel grounds also have physical locations in India such as the Laughing charnel ground at Bodhgaya and the Cool Grove charnel ground close by, along with the Frightening charnel ground in the Black Hills of Bihar.

From the Hevajra Tantra literature: “In the east is the Gruesome charnel ground (chandograkatasi); south Frightful with Skulls (bhairavakapalika); west Adorned with a Blazing Garland (jvalamalalankara); north Dense Jungle (girigahvaronnati); north-east Fiercely Resounding (ugropanyasa); south-east Forest of the Lord (ishvaravana); south-west Dark and Terrible (bhairavandhakara); north-west Resounding with the Cries Kili Kili (Kilikilaghoshanadita). Furthermore, there are headless corpses, hanging corpses, lying corpses, stake-impaled corpses, heads, skeletons, jackals, crows, owls, vultures, and zombies making the sound, "phaim”. There are also siddha with clear understanding, yaksha, raksha, preta, flesh eaters, lunatics, bhairava, daka, dakini, ponds, fires, stupa, and sadhaka. All of these fill the charnel grounds.“

In the Chakrasamvara cycle of Tantra the Eight Great Charnel grounds are: east Gruesome, north Dense Wild Thicket, west Blazing with [the Sound] Ur Ur, south Terrifying, south-east Marvelous Forest, south-west Interminably Gloomy, north-west Resounding with the Sound Kili Kili, north-east Wildly Laughing. These names are extracted from a Chakrasamvara ritual text composed by Chogyal Pagpa).

A common Nyingma list: east Cool Grove, south Perfected in Body, west Lotus Heap, north Lanka Heap, southeast Spontaneously Accomplished Heap, southwest Play of the Great Secret, northwest Pervasive Great Happiness, northeast World Heap.

Sixteen Charnel Grounds: In the Kalachakra Tantra system sixteen charnel grounds are described. The 634 Deity Kalachakra Mandala, being only slightly wrathful, generally does not appear with any surrounding charnel grounds. However, the Mahasamvara Kalachakra always appears in paintings surrounded by the sixteen charnel grounds. These eight or sixteen can appear either immediately surrounding the Celestial Palace of the deity and retinue or they can appear as the outer ring of the mandala. The root Tantras are vague on this subject of charnel grounds and it is the Indian Sanskrit commentaries that explain the different ways that the cemeteries can be imagined and subsequently depicted in visual representations.

In the Tantric Buddhist classification of Anuttarayoga, according to one system, the Eight Direction Gods of the Cemeteries are: 1. east Shakra on an elephant, 2. south Yama on a buffalo, 3. west Varuna on a makara, 4. north Yaksha on a horse, 5. north-east Ishana on a bull, 6. south-east Agni on a goat, 7. south-west Rakshasa on a zombie, 8. north-west Vayu on a deer.

A poem, a poem. Oh joy, oh joy.

Soo my freshman year, I wrote this poem. I sent it to a poetry contest and it got published in a book. My English teacher was so proud, and she also sent it over to my band director. He liked it so much he printed it out and posted it on the band bulletin board. I don’t know what happened to it now, but I remember that I still had it. And I just wanted to share it with everyone :) It was a Abcderian poem I wrote.
lol. and a picture of me as a sophomore :P
 

Raiders Play Tonight 

All the audiences watch

Bugles will play with all their might

Color guard is done with their stretch

Drum majors put their capes on tonight

 

Everyone listens in amazement and awe

Flags of black and red proudly fly

Groups of people drop their jaws

Hundreds of instruments pointed high

 

Idle football players rest
Jabbering mothers talk about their children
Keeping beat, drum majors are best
Lines of marchers, both women and men


Marchers put their skills to the test
North Garland Raider Band plays
Other bands can’t deny, we’re the best
Pity they know not of our awesome ways


Quakes of sound emit from horns
Red and black fill the field
Sounds of music and melodies are born
Trumpeters play the trumpets they wield


Units of marchers move in unison
Victory in the minds of each one
Quilts of formations executed by each person
Xylophones played like a machinegun


Young and professional the marching band performs

Zeniths of energy flows like thunderstorms