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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!