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  The Sun Dagger
by Mr. Ed
Friday, June 20, 2008
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Wandering Through My Journeys,

In Celebration of The Summer Solstice

 

“It changes forever history's perceptions

Of America's early Indian colonists.

And as an astronomical and geometrical marvel,

It ranks with the Pyramids and Stonehenge.”

 

Science Magazine

 

 

More than a thousand years ago

In a place now called Chaco Canyon

A truly astounding event was unfolding

A remarkable achievement of ancient man

 

As the sun began rising over this ancient place

On a circular rock petroglyph, on this canyon wall

Slowly but surely, it was bi-sected by The Sun Dagger

Marking The Summer Solstice’s arrival, for one and all

 

While these very ancient people have left no written texts for us

It is quite obvious, that they were quite sophisticated in astronomy

They had studied the heavens, and charted sun and moon movements

They could precisely mark changing seasons, with the utmost accuracy

 

The four seasons, the alignments of sun and moon

And a comprehensive knowledge of our universe

These ancients were able to comprehend so much

And they accomplished this, with no written verse

 

These people lived in this place, for hundreds of years

From about the year 850 until about roughly 1250 AD

Then they abruptly vanished, from the face of the Earth

And what happened to them, still remains a great mystery

 

Captivating Chaco Canyon is located in the state of New Mexico

And it is a place that I’ve visited, that is truly mysterious and grand

This ancient Sun Dagger had marked the arrival of summer for centuries

Now, it is lost forever – the stones here have been moved, by modern man

 

The wild beauty of Chaco Canyon's high desert landscape, its long winters, short growing season, and marginal rainfall, create a very unlikely place for a major center of ancient culture to take root and flourish. Yet, this place was the center of a thriving culture, more than a thousand years ago.

And the ancient structures of these ancient people were amazingly oriented to solar, lunar, and cardinal directions. Sophisticated astronomical markers, communication features, water control devices, and formal earthen mounds were part of their everyday lives. The buildings here were very meticulously placed within a revered landscape, surrounded by sacred mountains, majestic mesas, and astounding shrines that still have a very deep spiritual meaning for Native Americans today.

They must have loved this land, and respected our Mother Earth, very much; and perhaps, even knew much more about Her, than we do today.

 

A 1983 PBS Documentary Film,

Narrated by Robert Redford,

Entitled, The Sun Dagger,

Is Well Worth Viewing.

 

Happy Summer Solstice,

To Everyone;

The lives of these Ancients,

Will continue to captivate me,

Until my own time on Earth is done.

 

©2008, Mr. Ed

 
     


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Reviewed by Georg Mateos 7/9/2008
Then came european man with his "civilisation" and in the name of his "God" plundered the land of its gold, destroyed the temples and killed the people that had welcome them.
That sun dager, like the one of Damocles should had fall upon those invaders that named themselves "conquistadores".

Georg
Reviewed by Mary Grace Patterson 6/25/2008
I really liked this interesting write. Its facinating to look into the mysteries of civilations and see how they lived , and made do with what was available. Many acheived greatness, only to be lost in time by some unknown events.....M
Reviewed by ~ Holly Harbridge (Reader) 6/23/2008
Great write as always Ed, love Holly
Reviewed by Jerry Engler 6/23/2008
When a culture disappears, we all have lost an asset in one more aspect of cognitive function let alone in spirituality. You bring up things worth contemplating over and over again, Ed.....Jerry
Reviewed by William Bonilla 6/22/2008
Most enjoyable Write Ed
Peace be with you

William
Reviewed by Amber Moonstone 6/21/2008
Thank you for sharing this wonderful information about this area and these amazing people.
I shall go one of these days and see for myself.
Much peace, love, and light and Happy Summer Solstice, ED
Amber "V"
Reviewed by JASMIN HORST SEILER 6/20/2008
Ed, thank you for sharing, a heart and mind that is full of soul and knowledge, Blessings! Jasmin Horst
Reviewed by H Cruz 6/20/2008
Cool peice Ed, love the lore!
Reviewed by D Johnson 6/20/2008
Ed, a very good write,

thanks,
Dan
Reviewed by Abdi-Noor Mohamed (Eagle Of Hope) 6/20/2008
Great poem- Many have perished with the change of time but their traces and achievements are alive in the memory of mankind.
Reviewed by Theresa Koch 6/20/2008
Great write friend and very informative~`*
Reviewed by Eileen Granfors 6/20/2008
Beautiful, and the music adds to the mood. Very soothing. Eileen
Reviewed by Karen Palumbo 6/20/2008
There is so much that mankind today could learn from their knowledge, nice tribute.....

Be always safe,
Karen
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 6/20/2008
Fascination abounds in these words, Ed; you never cease to inform! Very well penned; bravo! Love the music, too!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in Tx., Karen Lynn. :)
Reviewed by E T Waldron 6/20/2008
I love when you share your trips with us Ed, I missed this one on pbs which I rarely do,and will look for the dvd. It is so amazing when we see how people without any known way to communicate,always find a way to make themselves known. I can understand why they captivate you,and I'm glad you share it with us.Thank you!..
.
tiger lily
Reviewed by Ed Matlack 6/20/2008
I'll bet that you learned this from your very knowledgable spouse, as she is part American Indian...seems though another place I would love to visit someday...Ed & Rufuz
Reviewed by Gene Williamson 6/20/2008
Thanks, Ed. Too often we squint into the future and
neglect the fascination of the past. - gene.
Reviewed by Christine Alwin 6/20/2008
Amazing facts to read,,,so much history surrounds us.
Christine
Reviewed by Jeanette Cooper 6/20/2008
Ed, this is an informative and interesting write. Tomorrow, June 21, is the summer soltice for the Northern Hemisphere when the sun will be at the maximum distance from the equator. Although I could swear that summer has been upon us for weeks now, I was wrong. It officially starts tomorrow and if it gets any hotter, then I feel sorry for us Floridians. I enjoyed the history info in your writing.
Reviewed by La Belle Rouge Poetess Of The Heart 6/20/2008
Always pleasurable and educational to read you Ed. Too many ancient landmarks removed by careless moderns.
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 6/20/2008
The Ancients were wiser than we are, today - never heard of the Sun Dagger, you educate, inform and entertain - thank you, Teacher Ed.

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
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