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Tuesday, 28 May 2013

THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem


Rob Ayling writes: 

"Thom the World poet is an old mate of mine from way back in my history. Even pre-dating Voiceprint, when I was running "Otter Songs" and Tom's poetry tapes and guest appearances with Daevid Allen, Gilli Smyth, Mother Gong are well known and highly regarded. It just felt right to include a daily poem from Thom on our Gonzo blog and when I approached him to do so, he replied with in seconds!!! Thom is a great talent and just wants to spread poetry, light and positive energy across the globe. If we at Gonzo can help him do that - why not? why not indeed!!" (The wondrous poetpic is by Jack McCabe, who I hope forgives me for scribbling all over it with Photoshop)



MODERN MYTHOLOGY vs CHEROKEE CREATION MYTHS

Then the legend of Angelina Jolie's breasts-gone from us now
Reconstructive surgery moved in after her double mastectomy
Her mother dead @56 from ovarian cancer/her chances of breast cancer 87%
Sans breasts-her chances of cancers forming fall to 5%
Like Katie Couric's televised colonoscopy in 2000
Angelina's procedure will result in many more being performed upon her fans
(When she named her children Maddox and Shiloh and Vivienne-
these became the most popular new babies' names!)
Problem is-Angelina's BCRA1 gene is only in 0.24% of our population!
Alternative treatments include tamoxifen(with regular MRI screenings)
or prophylactic surgery such as oophorectomy(removal of the ovaries)
Genetic testing can diagnose possible at risk cancer patients-
but cost factors and insurance coverage is a crucial factor
Redefining beauty becomes our modern mythology/with role models
placing their bodies between the MRI lines

The Legend of Kituwah: Origin of the Cherokee (Tsalagi)

''It was from Keetoowah that the Creator revealed His true name to the people. He said His name was “Yowah” and the people would be “Kit-Yowah” or “from God.” Today they are known as the Cherokee.'' -Chief William Smith
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''The Cherokee sometimes refer to themselves as Ani-Kituhwagi, "the people of Kituhwa."

''The Legend of the Keetoowahs, as recalled in 1930 by Levi B. Gritts, a prominent member of the traditionalist Keetoowah Society, places them on islands in the Atlantic Ocean east of South America. Anthropologists have discovered that Cherokee basket and pottery styles resemble those of South American and Caribbean tribes, differing from other tribes of the southeast U.S.''

''Seventy tribes attacked them but, by the guidance of God, they were victorious. The last warrior of their attackers, Ner-du-er-gi, was on top of a mountain overlooking their camp in the deep valley below. This warrior saw a smoke arising from the camp, which 'extended up beyond Heaven'. The smoke was divided into three parts and in that there was an eagle holding arrows. When the warrior and his followers saw this, he ordered them not to attack the Indians for they were God's people and powerful and if they attacked they would be destroyed.''

''When God created these people he gave them great, mysterious power to be used for the best interests of the people. They lived in large cities with tall buildings. Some wise men began to use their power different than was intended which troubled the people. God instructed them to take their white fire and move away from that place. Some went to Asia, some to India and others to America, leaving the wise men behind. After they had gone to other countries, these large cities were destroyed when the ground sank and are now under the ocean.''

''God turned to the people that came to America and gave them wisdom and guided them. There came a time when the people began to violate their teachings, committing crimes against each other, committing murders, and feuding between the seven clans. The people met with their medicine men around their fire to ask God for guidance. The medicine men were inspired to go up to a high mountain, one at a time on each of seven days. On the seventh day, they heard a noise over them and a light brighter than day appeared and a voice said, "I am a messenger from God. God has heard your prayers and He has great passion for your people and from now on you shall be called Keetoowah. Go back to your fire and worship. There is a white ball from way east, who is your enemy, coming and your grandchildren's feet are directed west. They shall have great trials on the edge of the prairie. They shall be divided into different factions and their blood shall be about only one half. Families shall be divided against each other and they shall disregard their chiefs, leaders, medicine men, and captains. But if this younger generation should endeavor to follow your God's instruction there is a chance to turn back east and if not, the next move shall be west, on to the coast and from there on to the boat and this shall be the last."

Source: recalled in 1930 by Chief Levi B. Gritts of the Keetoowah Society
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''The first exodus was the migration myth; the second exodus was from an island in the south going to the north; the third exodus was from a Cherokee city mound at the headwaters of the Ohio; the fourth was from the Atlantic seaboard south to Georgia and North Carolina; the fifth was when twenty five percent of the tribe left for Mexico in 1720; the sixth was the Trail of Tears (1839) to Indian Territory; the seventh exodus will be (as Sequoyah prophesied) when all Cherokees come back together and form Kituwah, which was told to me by a Cherokee holy man from Tahlequah, Oklahoma who is now in heaven. “Kituwah” is an old sacred pronunciation of the number fourteen, which mans the seventh heaven   

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