Nexus magazine, October/November 2017
(September 2017, by Shawn Hamilton)
“The Mysterious Past of the Hopi: From Kasskara to the Americas” (3rd in series, December 2016,Shawn Hamilton )
“Earth Cataclysms and Hopi Kachinas: Saviors from Space”:(2nd in series, July 2016), Shawn Hamilton
“Kasskara: Sunken Land of the Hopi Ancestors” (1st in series, December 2015, Shawn Hamilton )
Thanks to Martin Szymanski!
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In a subsequent account I will continue with White Bear’s story, introducing the word Inioma , a term White Bear uses to describe a certain “quality” of spaceflight. Perhaps readers can help solve the mystery of Inioma. What does he mean when he says one does not “fall off”?
White Bear on “flying shields” (spacecraft):
“‘Because of this form we also call it a ‘flying shield’. I will tell you what it resembles; If one divides a calabash (a type of gourd) in two, one obtains a form with the aspect of a saucer. If one assembles two of these, one obtains the shape of the vessel, which they used formerly to go to these planets. When one sits inside, one can move the craft in all the directions and one does not fall off regardless of speed. Because of this form we call it Inioma,’ he said.”
The Japanese island of Yonaguni, located about a hundred kilometers east of Taiwan, seems to support White Bear’s narrative. Although White Bear didn’t specifically mention Yonaguni, which only came to light after White Bear died in the 1990s, he did say that Kasskara extended to areas now part of the island chain called Japan.
These are the so-called “cliff dwellings” of the Anazazi–Hopi relatives–at Mesa Verde, Colorado (currently a national park). To my ear and sensibilities, the term “cliff dwelling” carries within it the notion that these people were holed up, like wasps in a mud nest, since they were so primitive. That wasn’t my impression. After initial astonishment at the sheer size and location of the site, I realized that when new, and pit fires were warming the stone inside apartments and kivas, it would have been a comfortable, safe and stunningly beautiful place to live. It’s more impressive than any of the crappy apartment complexes I’ve ever lived in, it was rent-free, and consider the view!
White Bear, Henry Denny and I visited Mesa Verde together in 1977. We overheard a National Park Service ranger or guide earnestly telling people this and that about the ruins. White Bear scoffed (to us, jokingly and politely) and with a slight wave of his hand told us what the guide said was just wrong!
I recall it had to do with the “keyhole door” shape characteristic of Anasazi architecture (top left is clear example). The guide was confidently telling a large group of tourists that the reason the Anasazi used that shape was to make it easier for the endemically arthritic Anasazi to enter and exit buildings. Considering that two of the keyhole doors shown above are too high for that purpose, White Bear’s claim that they represent “The Nine Worlds” sounds more plausible.
I’ve always appreciated that serendipitous glimpse into the fallibility of “authority.”
Peace on Earth and Good Will!
Mad carnivores staked on chains–
Sit near the spike and feel no loss
Of freedom at the circumference.
When a country obtains great power, it becomes like the sea: all streams run downward into it.
The more powerful it grows, the greater the need for humility. Humility means trusting the Tao, thus never needing to be defensive.
A great nation is like a great man: When he makes a mistake, he realizes it. Having realized it, he admits it. Having admitted it, he corrects it.
He considers those who point out his faults as his most benevolent teachers. He thinks of his enemy as the shadow that he himself casts.
If a nation is centered in the Tao, if it nourishes its own people and doesn’t meddle in the affairs of others, it will be a light to all nations in the world.
One morning, as my wife’s Buddhist group was engaged in its weekly food distribution to the houseless residents of north Sacramento, I decided to interview a few of those who were willing to talk. I didn’t have much luck until Darryl Jefferson rode by on a bike and asked him if he’d considered telling a little about his world.
Please listen to what Darryl has to say about homelessness and living on the street:
Repeatedly, police and their apologists insist that police are held accountable regularly, and in fact are held to a “higher” standard than ordinary people. This simply isn’t the case, according to the law (and don’t police and their supporters care about the law?) Below are several provisions of the California Government Code, which are relevant to the police state, governmental lack of accountability, and why government services in this area are so poor. Similar provisions likely exist in other jurisdictions, and are supported by Supreme Court case law.
Let’s start with the police –
The Concert For Banglesdesh, Madison Square Garden, 1971