Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Hiawatha: The Holder of the Heavens: Solution to The Great Google Earth Image 34.890653 -83.880198 Mystery for Christmas 2014 and New Year 2015

The New Year 2015 is soon approaching us and it is now time to publish the solution to The Great Google Earth Image Mystery for Christmas 2014 and New Year 2015 which we began online about a week ago. We hereby declare the year 2015 as "The Year of Hiawatha: The Holder of the Heavens", for so his name is properly attributed when we research Native American sources, as you will see below.

Here is the mystery image found at Google Earth at the GPS coordinates
34.890653 -83.880198. Just plug those coordinates into Google Earth
and you are at the eye of the eagle.

Here is our decipherment of the mystery image found at the GPS coordinates
34.890653 -83.880198:

In the interim, we have published a great deal of material about the ancient petroglyphs of western North Carolina and northeastern Georgia, presumably of Cherokee origin -- or their ancestors, wherever situated, which may include the Iroquois, with European influence not excluded because of Haplogroup X.

Our materials show that these ancient sites were geographically placed by using astronomical orientation pursuant to the hermetic principle, "as above, so below". Earth maps were made as mirror images of the heavens above, a simple system of terrestrial orientation that in fact in ancient days had few other sensible methodological alternatives. Travelers used the ready-made map of the heavens in constructing their maps or "tracks" on Earth.

The Cherokees called their locational system "tracks" and, indeed, the solution to the The Great Google Earth Image Mystery for Christmas 2014 and New Year 2015 is that this unexplained giant figure in the landscape not far from Hiawassee marks the stars of Gemini in the Cherokee "track" system, and also shows surrounding star groups as figures, indeed, even to a greater extent than just the mystery image. The Track Rock Gap Boulder number 4 shows Gemini clearly (our decipherment):

The first online hint that we gave for solution of The Great Google Earth Image Mystery for Christmas 2014 and New Year 2015 was from "The Song of Hiawatha" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, known by many of our readers. We had serious reason for giving that hint. In addition to the famed Hiawatha, there is also a Hiawassee, Georgia and various Hiwassees nearby in North Carolina, terms similar to Hiawatha. Is there a connection? Yes, presumably so.

The commonly accepted "folk" etymologies for Hiawatha, Hiawassee and Hiwassee may not be fully correct. Hiawatha allegedly came from the Iroquois  meaning "creator of rivers" and Hiawassee and Hiwassee allegedly from the Cherokee "ayu-hwa-si", meaning "meadow, savannah". The more correct solution may be found via a Wikipedia excerpt for The Song of Hiawatha:
"[A]ccording to ethnographer Horatio Hale (1817–1896), there was a longstanding confusion between the Iroquois leader Hiawatha and the Iroquois deity Aronhiawagon because of "an accidental similarity in the Onondaga dialect between [their names]." The deity, he says, was variously known as Aronhiawagon [Aron-Hiawagon with Hiawagon = Hiawatha], Tearonhiaonagon, Taonhiawagi, or Tahiawagi; the historical Iroquois leader, as Hiawatha, Tayonwatha or Thannawege. Schoolcraft...."
That same writer, Horatio Hale, author of Hiawatha and the Iroquois Confederation: A Study in Anthropology, wrote in a paper read at the Cincinnati Meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, August, 1881, under the title, "A LAWGIVER OF THE STONE AGE, Salem, Massachusetts, August, 1881, p. 18 (original London edition), as follows:
"[A]mong the interminable stories with which the common people beguile their winter nights, the traditions of Atotarho and Hiawatha became intermingled with the legends of their mythology. An accidental similarity, in the Onondaga dialect, between the name of Hiawatha and that of one of their ancient divinities, led to a confusion between the two, which has misled some investigators. This deity bears, in the sonorous Mohawk tongue, the name of Aronhiawagon, meaning "the Holder of the Heavens.""
And so there you have it, Hiawassee as a "field" (but also of the sky) and Hiawatha, as a creator (of rivers, "tracks" and more), "as above, so below" ... it is all astronomy.

Indeed, if you look on Google Earth to the right of "The Great Google Earth Image" mystery image, you might just see "the Great Bear" as marking Ursa Major. Do you see the bear?

I rest my case.

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