sacred sites

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Karahundj, Armenia’s Stonehenge

Karahunj or Carahunge (also known as Zorats Karer or Armenia’s Stonehenge) is 3,500 years older than England’s Stonehenge and 3,000 years older than the Egyptian pyramids. The total area of the observatory is 7 hectares and some carvings make this a very special site!

Read More:
http://ancientufo.org/2014/04/karahundj-armenias-stonehenge/

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#SavePeSlaNow PreMade Tweet List

We’re starting a Twitterstorm on Friday, November 21st, 2014 at 1pm Eastern, Noon Central, to help raise money for #SavePeSlaNow. Create your own tweets, using the hashtag #SavePeSlaNow and including a link to the indiegogo account: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/save-pe-sla-black-hills-sacred-land or, feel free to use the premade tweet list we’ve created below. Simply point and click to help out a great cause. Thank you!

See the list with links here: http://lastrealindians.com/savepeslanow-premade-tweet-list/

The world’s oldest and largest collection of rock art – the Burrup Peninsula, or Murujuga, on the Dampier Archipelago – has been deregistered as a sacred site under new guidelines to the Western Australia’s weak Aboriginal heritage laws, which state there must be evidence of religious activity to qualify it as a ‘sacred site’. The change has led to questions about whether the art will be reinstated to the cultural heritage register following a successful Supreme Court decision that ruled against the WA government’s definition of a ‘sacred site’.

Who wants to bet that they’ve done this because this site is sitting on top of prime mining land?!

— WE ARE FIGHTING FOR OUR CULTURAL SURVIVAL —

We were flooded out, and not compensated, with the building of Shasta Dam in 1945, and now Westlands Water District and the Federal Government are pushing to do it again. This latest proposal would inundate or damage more than 40 sacred sites, including our Coming of Age ceremony place on the Winnemem Waywaqat (McCloud River).

Representative Jim Costa, of Fresno, has introduced a bill, co-signed by a number of California Democratic Congressmen, to raise the dam. No mention of the standing debt to our people.

Is your U.S. representative Doug LaMalfa? You can make a difference to support Winnemem Wintu cultural survival by telling him not to authorize the proposal to raise Shasta Dam by 18.5 feet.

You can call LaMalfa at (530) 223-5897 or email him by filling out this online form: https://lamalfa.house.gov/contact/email-me (fixed link).

Here is a sample letter you can use: http://www.winnememwintu.us/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/Dear-Representative-LaMalfa.docx.

If you live in another district, please contact your Senators and Congresspeople (http://www.usa.gov/Contact/Elected.shtml), in any state you’re in, to remind them that a debt is still owed by the United States to the Winnemem Wintu people, and ask them to vote NO on any proposal to raise Shasta Dam.

Learn more about why the Shast Dam raise must be stopped at www.shastadamraise.com.

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“PROTECT THE SACRED”

Taala Hooghan Infoshop Mural Unveiling. Last outdoor mural of the year.

Action Statement

We are an Indigenous-established, community based and volunteer-run collective dedicated to creatively confronting and overcoming social and environmental injustices in the occupied territories of Flagstaff and surrounding areas. We are restoring and redefining knowledge and information in ways that will be meaningful to our communities. We offer access to independent media, the arts, skill building, and alternative education, with the goal of self-development as well as empowerment for youth and the greater community into action in favor of a more just and sustainable world.

http://www.taalahooghan.org

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Detailed studies of the geographic alignment of famous ancient world sites have revealed interesting correlations. According to the diagrams presented above, the Great Pyramid at Giza is aligned with Machu Picchu, the Nazca Lines, Easter Island, Ur, Ollantaytambo, Persepolis and Mohenjo Daro along a straight line that makes a great circle around the Earth. This global effort was performed within a margin of error of less than one tenth of one degree of latitude. This would suggest an ancient knowledge of the shape and dynamics of the plane by seemingly different cultures who existed at different time periods, according to the traditional Archaeological view. Most strikingly, this sort of grand scale engineering was well before current accepted thought allows room for human consciousness to be advanced enough for such beliefs. 

The Great Pyramid at Giza is not only located along this ancient “great circle” of latitude which many researchers speculate was an ancient “equatorial plane” of the Earth, but it was constructed at the geographic center of all landmasses of the Earth. All other sacred sites, including churches  synagogues and cathedrals, are geometrically tied to this physical point on the Earth sphere through an interlocking energy grid known as ley lines. These ley lines originate and end with the Great Pyramid at Giza.

Ley lines are one of the most enduring Earth mysteries. A network of prehistoric pathways perform a criss-crossing of the country-side. Some believe them to have mystical significance. Ancient cultures certainly knew of and utilized these connections. Ley lines, also known to some cultures as “dragon lines,” are a phenomena that most people have heard of but few really understand. Indeed it would be fair to say that no-one understands their complete function and workings, as their existence is driven by a force not currently understood by the prevailing scientific paradigm. Ley lines interact with and shift with the Earth’s magnetic field. They seem to be formed by geometric principles that may exist at a higher dimension of organization of light, sound, energy and above the material plane.

On an esoteric (focus on the inner workings of things) level, the soul form is thought to attach through these electromagnetic energy grids which create the the illusion of space and time. These higher dimensional forms of consciousness are drawn down from a formless state and are linked back to one source of creation — through a web of sorts — a myriad of grid energies governs all creation within the material dimension. This pattern of creation has been described as the same creational design — the Flower of Life —  which has been a concept described across mystical traditions. The tree of life is how mystics describe our connection into matter. This is described in different ways through different traditions. The soul is linked to physical reality through this grid matix pattern driven by sacred geometry and linked to the universe through a series of dimensions that serve to order reality.

We are still here, holding ceremony at our sacred places, and doing what we need to do to be Winnemem Wintu, of the McCloud River, in Northern California.

The federal government tries to erase us by calling us “unrecognized”, but we have been here long before the United States was invented, and we will be here long after it’s gone.

Columbus Day, Halloween Costumes, Thanksgiving, Xmas, the cycle of colonial holidays returns and people are like “why don’t you Indians just get over it.” Get over what? The fact that you’re here in our hemisphere still attempting to impose your institutions on us? For us to be pro-indigenous and to express our own sovereignty, our own worldviews, our beautiful ways despite the onslaught of very real oppression (which steals the spiritual minds of our children) is proper and healthy for us. You who oppress Mother Earth are temporary presences here. There is no excuse for settlers to not have learned to respect the land, water, sacred sites; you’ve been here 300 years or so. Telling us to “get over it” is telling us to forget who we are. We are “getting over” the attempted physical & mental genocide, however. Indigenous peoples are meeting the changing challenges of the day with our original native ethos intact, incorporating any good that may come from these times. So maybe it’s not us that needs to “get over it”; maybe you should “get over” the fact that you’ll never defeat our spirits.

The discovery of ancient aboriginal remains has led to a temporary shut down in the construction of a gas pipeline near Moose Jaw.

TransGas, a SaskEnergy company, is building a new natural gas connection for the K+S potash mine in the area.

A contracted trackhoe operator who was digging a trench spotted the bones one week ago. Archaeologists have since examined the bones and determined they are human remains which predate European contact.

RCMP said analysis indicated the bones date back more than 1000 years. 

The discovery has SaskEnergy putting the work on hold while the situation is assessed.

Time to turn back the tide of assimilation in Northern Territory, Australia

Laura Baymarrwangga, senior traditional owner of Murrungga Island and one of the last remaining Yan-nhangu speakers, is setting a profound example for all of Australia.

In line with her local tradition, the 95 year old woman has created a series of projects to secure the future of her language and her people under a grassroots effort known as the Crocodile Islands Initiative (CII).

Through a series of sensible projects, the CII is striving “to enhance linkages between biological and linguistic diversity as a basis for sustainable culture based livelihoods, management of natural and cultural resources and wellbeing for future generations.” These projects include the Crocodile Islands Ranger (CIR) program which provides “coastal surveillance and bio-security” on the islands; the development of a Web-based Yan-nhangu Ecological Knowledge (YEK) DataBase; and a Yan-nhangu dictionary project for kids.

“We have initiated these projects using our own resources, and without government support, to show our commitment and foster leadership in the community,” says Dr. Bentley James, a cultural anthropologist who has been working with Baymarrwangga for the past twenty years.

Currently, the Crocodile Islands Rangers are defending the breeding and nesting sites of many endangered species and protecting some 250 sacred sites on the Crocodile Islands . As well, The Rangers are developing a database for schools, and they’re running a junior ranger program which is encouraging youths to get involved.

“The [CIR] program will provide sustainable livelihoods on country and opportunities for ongoing collaborative research,” says Dr James. “It aims to provide much-needed community and environmental services, such as removal of threatening crocodiles, weed and feral animal management and ocean rescue.” In time, the CIR will also take on the task of collaboratively managing fisheries and providing services to groups like the Ghost Nets program and the Australian Quarantine Inspection Service.

As for Baymarrwangga, well, she could probably run laps around most of us. Despite her advanced age, she continues to realize her vision, “to turn back the tide of assimilation” and breathe new life into her Yolngu homeland and that of all other Indigenous Peoples in Australia. That goes especially for the Northern Territory, where the federal government continues to pursue its own initiative, at the expense of the people.

Support the Crocodile Islands Initiative!
A new website, facebook page and twitter account have been launched to promote the CII and build momentum for the protection of Indigenous culture and language in Australia.

Several petitions have also been created:

1. Support the Crocodile Islands Ranger Program
http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/crocodile-islands-ranger-program.html
2. Save Australia’s Indigenous Languages
http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/save-indigenous-languages.html
3. Support Indigenous Homelands
http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/support-indigenous-homelands.html

“Taking time not just to learn #oli, but also to ask the deep internal questions about the sacredness of us and of this place. I have never participated in such a effulgent coherence in direct action work. Amazing experience. The #kapualoha is strong.”
-Krista Steinfield

PLEASE reblog to spread the word of the efforts happening right now on top of Mauna Kea! They are trying to build (there are already so many) a huge telescope on one of the very few left SACRED sites to Hawaiians. After I get off work I am going to post more updates and pictures, as well as information to call and donate to those protesters who have been arrested, for bail.

The topic of sacred sites (or power spots, or whatever term you prefer) has come up a few times for me lately. I wrote about it some in the book on bioregional totemism I’m working on, and more recently it was the topic of Sam Webster’s post on the Wild Hunt. In the latter, the point was made that we live in a very different world than the pagans of two, three, four thousand years ago. Today, the land all has a title deed attached to it, and you can’t just plunk down a shrine wherever you feel the sanctity flows best. There’s the additional conundrum that most neopagans today do not have a tradition spanning back thousands of years, surrounding one particular piece of land. And most of us don’t even live in the place we were born.

So how do we not only establish a relationship with the land we live on, but determine what places are sacred? There are a number of solutions that have been offered. One is to (to the best of one’s ability) adopt the practices and sacred places of the people who are already living there, and try to do right by what they consider to be most important. How well this goes depends in part on how willing the local people are to share their traditions with outsiders; some pagans may only be able to research these traditions through third-hand sources, and try to respectfully emulate them. Another solution, of course, is to create your own traditions for the land you’re on, which sometimes means creating them from scratch. If you’re already a part of a given tradition, you might try applying your traditions to the land you’re on, to include honoring local sacred sites as prescribed by your path.

But this all supposes that certain places are inherently more sacred than others.

What if that isn’t true? Read the rest here to find out what that may mean for us, for our sacred sites–and for the local landfill.

vimeo

This film brings awareness to environmental and cultural concerns. It is a short documentary about the meaning of water for the American Southwest from indigenous perspective with the emphasis on the principle of universal interconnectedness - a cornerstone of Navajo, Hopi and other indigenous cultures. Our goal is to use this project for educational purposes.

(Text/Video via: Kiril Kirkov)