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Etowah Mounds/Sign of the Times

To: alt.magick.tyagi,alt.pagan.magick,alt.satanism
From: Seyfert-1 
Subject: Etowah Mounds/Sign of the Times
Date: Tue, 10 Dec 2002 02:37:44 GMT

Orig-From: Barry Carroll

A Sign of the Times

On my summer trip to Atlanta, i detoured
to visit Etowah Mounds northwest of the city
at Cartersville,Ga. The site was spectacular
but there was also something here i had never seen 
before--a First Amendment Rights Area.

It would seem that the Creek Indians have 
successfully demonstrated that they are the descendants 
of the builders of Etowah (PS i think 'wah' is a place 
name, like burg, ville, or ton, in English).
As such, they assert that they have the right to control
the ceremonial 'sacred space' at the site. Preceeding their 
rituals they magically open the site to supernatural forces
at at the end the close it again. In between times, they 
don't want anybody to 'jimmy' the magical lock on the 
door, so to speak.

In recent years the proliferation of groups and individuals
who wish to use the site for magical purposes has created 
a conflict.  "Witches, Satanists, New Agers, folks wishing to
perform voodoo ceremonies or charge crystals all want to
use the grounds" , said the Park Ranger I spoke with, "The 
Indians don't like it." "But now if these people buy a permit, 
they can do whatever they like in the First Amendment 
Rights Area. It solves a lot of problems."

I asked if Georgia had these areas at other parks or if it was 
mostly a local problem. He said, " They have them at Macon
Ocmulgee and other places.  South Carolina probably has their 
signs up by now too."

While I was there another Ranger rushed off to follow a young 
black man wearing a three color beret. 
She had to make sure he did not break the ban 
on rituals outside the First Amendment Rights Area.
She said she recognized him as a member of a group that has 
been removed from the site previously for holding unauthorized 
rituals. According to the Ranger, this mostly black group maintains
 that the mounds, including Etowah, were built, not by Indians, 
but by blacks who came here in pre-columbian times.
I remember her saying that these folks have a leader in South Carolina 
and one or more communities where some of them live together.
I couldn't get any more information, like what they call themselves, 
since she had to rush off.

Watch for a First Amendment Rights Area coming soon
to a sacred site near you.


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