Thursday, April 23, 2015

Eyes on "Matt's Sherborn Chamber"

A little bit of conjecture about this photo:

"The predominantly domed roofs of hothouse structures were equated to the back of a turtle and the fire at its center as the turtle’s head...The turtle allusion is a reference to the animal’s natural ability to move between dry land and water; contrasting physical locations are apt metaphors of changes in bodily and mental states. Yuchi stories of transformation have medicine people riding turtles (Wagner 1931:77) and terrapins (Speck 1909:147) across rivers, normally at the edge of settled areas...

...(T)he Cherokees believed that thunder was a horned snake within the rain which connected the sky vault, the human-built houses on earth, and the underground or underwater townhouses (Mooney 1900:481). Mythical stories like this portrayed a tiered cosmos in which similar structures and deities were nested at different levels, but yet interconnected via portals, such as sweat lodge entrances (including front doors, smoke vents, and fire pits), river pools, and caves leading into mountain tops (Figure 2).”
The Socio-Economic and Ritual Contexts of Petroglyph Boulders in the Southeastern United States.
Johannes (Jannie) Loubser, PhD, RPA Stratum Unlimited, LLC

     "The serpent effigy is found in many places...The walls of the fort (Fort Ancient) are in the shape of massive serpents, the heads of the serpents forming the gateways..."

Prehistoric America, Volume 2  By Stephen Denison Peet

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