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Cherokee Legend

Cherokee Legend

Do you know the legend of the Cherokee Indian youths' rite of Passage?

His father takes him into the forest, blindfolds him and leaves him alone. He is required to sit on a stump the whole night and not remove the blindfold until the rays of the morning sun shine through it. He cannot cry out for help to anyone.

Once he survives the night, he is a MAN.

He cannot tell the other boys of this experience, because each lad must come into manhood on his own.

The boy is naturally terrified. He can hear all kinds of noises. Wild beasts must surely be all around him. Maybe even some human might do him harm.

The wind blew the grass and earth, and shook his stump, but he sat
stoically, never removing the blindfold. It would be the only way he could become a man!

Finally, after a horrific night the sun appeared and he removed his
blindfold.

It was then that he discovered his father sitting on the stump next to him.

He had been at watch the entire night, protecting his son from harm.

We, too, are never alone. Even when we don't know it, God is watching over us, sitting on the stump beside us.

When trouble comes, all we have to do is reach out to Him.
He may not give us the answer we want, but he is there.

Moral of the story:
Just because you can't see God, doesn't mean He is not there.

"For we walk by faith, not by sight."

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Of course -

Of course the parallel here is perfect. Despite what the religion- and tradition-hating convention wants to believe about "God", the Cherokee had their own belief.

The Wahnenauhi Manuscript calls God Unetlanvhi, a word that simply means "The maker of all things", and Kalvlvtiahi, "The one who lives above all". These two words both describe the same God of Creation and Lord of Heaven and Earth to the Cherokee. It sounds a lot like Jehovah God . . .

What is often translated into English as "The Great Spirit," the Cherokee believed that Unetlanvhi ruled over all things and was the one who created the Earth. This God is omnipotent, omnipresent, omniscient, called The Creator. To see this God as Father is no stretch of logic at all.

Thank you, emalvini. This was an excellent and very thought-provoking post.

Forgive my naivety....

But what does a coming-of-age "Cherokee Legend" have to do with God?

Ok, so the boy wasn't alone the whole night as he had thought. His father was there to protect him. The boys father equates to God, how?

I enjoyed reading this until I got to the end, the "moral of the story". Then confusion set in...

Moving on...

My Political Awakening: I Wanted to Change the World...
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You lost me at ... god.

I agree with Walksthisway. These two stories are saying two very different things. The Cherokee story is saying that we can lean on EACH OTHER and protect EACH OTHER. But emalvini is saying that we should lean on GOD.

I think the distinction is really important because the former promotes human action and human interconnectedness, while the latter promotes connection to something other than humans and promotes the idea that god will "take the wheel" in the absence of human action.

I'm pretty sure that anyone who has a choice between sitting blindfolded in the woods all night next to god or sitting there next to a family member would choose family ... cuz god's not going to stop an animal attack, but a shotgun will.

I Volunteer To Take Barack Obama To The Deep Dark Woods

and blindfold him and leave him there for the bears and wolves to eat.

Oh wait, bears and wolves wouldn't eat GMO food...

BOOM!

Giving them Obama (or other toxic politicians) to eat...

You wouldn't feed Obama to those nice forest creatures would you?

Wouldn't it be a case of animal cruelty to feed those nice forest bears and wolves toxic American politicians?

On the other hand, maybe there are other scavenging parasitic insects, worms, or micro-organisms which can ingest Obama (and other State-criminals) without damage to themselves, although keeping them away from real people may be an issue.

"The worst thing that can happen to a good cause is not to be attacked successfully, it is to be defended badly". F. Bastiat

"First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, finally they attack you, and then you win"! Mohandas Gandhi

What's For Dinner...

in D.C. for Thanksgiving this year?

Lame Duck!


http://youtu.be/u14T5wzicqw

"I, __________, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic."

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oath_of_enlistment

There is no duration defined in the Oath

Wakan Tanka

This is usually translated as "The Great Spirit". However, according to Russell Means, its meaning is closer to "Great Mystery".

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wakan_Tanka

"I, __________, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic."

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oath_of_enlistment

There is no duration defined in the Oath

Wow, what a great

lesson.

This story reminds me of when I was young and a moment in time that I will never forget because I felt so close to the creator.

I was young about 13 or 14 years old, sitting on a log in the woods watching our horses graze. It was a sunny summer's day except for the sounds of the horses and leaves rustling in the trees about me. The warm sun cascading through the trees, creating shadows and light what a marvelous sight to witness and a overwhelming feeling of contentment filled me.

That moment is with me always, when I am down it cheers me and reminds me, all is well.

Thank you for sharing the legend with us.

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WOW

No Cherokee DCFS was called on to determine whether this was child abuse or whether the Father was an unfit parent?

This practice is barbaric and highlights the necessity for government intervention and oversight.

We must seize their property

We must seize their property for their own safety. Oh wait...

thanks for posting...

very uplifting

proverbs 20:15
There is gold, and an abundance of jewels;
But the lips of knowledge are a more precious thing.

GOD, Experience, and Courage

There is no denying that courage, honor, and fortitude are useful, even indispensable, qualities in men, but there has to be a better way of bringing them out than that!

At least the boy in that legend has his (Earthly) father looking after him. Sometimes, in our trials through life, we aren't quite as lucky with out Heavenly Father-at least as far as our mortal experience goes!

Being mortal and fallible, we can-and will- misunderstand Divine Love and Divine purpose all too easily.

"The worst thing that can happen to a good cause is not to be attacked successfully, it is to be defended badly". F. Bastiat

"First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, finally they attack you, and then you win"! Mohandas Gandhi

thank you

Thank you for the merciful reminder brother :)

"You only live free if your willing to die free."

Bizarr Comparison....

the present day god supporters has okay'd the murder of millions over the millennium to convert the masses. I don't think the Cherokee legend worked on that angle with protecting his son. Man-o-man we still have a long road to ride. The legend is awesome with dad sitting near-by. Kinda crude to put your present day god in the same picture.

Enjoy.

Seriously misguided you are.

you mistake those who claim God is on their side,
with those who are on God's side.

If you really can not see this parallel, you should remove your blindfold.

"You only live free if your willing to die free."

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Rites of passage.

This one has a very deep meaning.

its 'cos I owe ya, my young friend...
Rockin' the FREE world in Tennessee since 1957!
9/11 Truth.