The Bee image of a flying god has to be related to a stinging element. Ophiuchus has a blocky appearance with a pointed roof. It has two extra areas on each side where the radishes appear to fit. The area on the left stretches out into the Milky Way, just about where there is a break in the star formation. It gives the appearance of bees either coming or going from a hive. This alone is not very convincing. The two places that use a bee-god image most prominently are near the sea coast at Tulum, and in the Mississippi area of the US.

There is still another point which should be considered. It is in the Maya Puuc area, that a bee god becomes very important, more important than God L. In the Mississippi area, also, there are references to a "bee" god, but the Inca have no such designation for this "god." Ophiuchus has a square frame with a pointed roof-like top and two side flanges (where the radish images seem to reside). On the left side, the wider flange (as the North of the Equator view) connects at the top with the Milky Way, where there is a break in the star trail. With this version, or artistic representation, the constellation has the appearance of bees coming into or leaving a hive. In spite of the lack, the Inca version of a god is shown as a serpent holder with a pointed hat which appears to fit into top of the Ophiuchus constellation. Also, the coat of arms of the Inca shows a serpent that is attached to each side of the royal headband (almost as earrings).

A cluster of stars better known by the name the "Beehive Cluster", or the Latin equivalent, Praesepe, which not only means a "hive" but also a "Manger", or "Crib". The name Beehive derives from the appearance of a swarm of stars in a dance of activity. In Orphic teaching, souls were symbolized by bees, not only because of the association with honey but also because they migrate from the hive in swarms, since it was held that souls 'swarm'.

SS: this is the difference between a Bee Hive and an Ant Colony ..

Comet Lulin glides past the Beehive Cluster ..



SS: it is my opinion that the atlantic island in the following legend actually refers to Atlantis ..

Derived from the Cherokee term “Ani-kituhwagi” meaning “people of the Kituwah” the name Keetoowah has become synonymous with the conservative “fullblood” element of the Cherokee Nation. It is believed that the Kituwah settlement was the original nucleus of the Cherokee people in the mountains of North Carolina along the highland regions of Cherokee Homelands. Benny Smith, Cherokee Elder, agrees with this definition, “ It is highly probable that Keetoowah was derived from “go-doo”, a Cherokee word meaning on top, on the surface, or uppermost. The mother settlement of the Ancient Cherokee was called Kituwah, which is now Keetoowah, and was located in the uplands … “Go-doos” is often used to refer to the highlands in relations to the low bottomlands or prairie lands.

Although Kituwah was synonymous with the older mother towns, the story of the origins of Kituwah goes much farther back in Cherokee history. According to legend, the Cherokee people originated from an island in the Atlantic Ocean somewhere east of South America where they were continually plagued by attacks from neighboring peoples. In spite of the fact they were heavily outnumbered, the Cherokee were consistently victorious in their struggles. One enemy saw in the plume of smoke from the Cherokee encampment an eagle bearing arrows in it’s claws, became convinced that the Cherokee were the divine’s chosen people and withdrew the assault. According to the same legend, the breathgiver did indeed grant the Cherokee unlimited and mysterious powers. Their wise men were accorded the special gift of being able to interpret and act upon the breathgivers wishes.

As time passed, this ancient and mysterious clan of wise men became known as the “Ani-Kutani”. Because of their mysterious powers and control over the forces of nature, the Ani-Kutani totally controlled the religious function of the Cherokee Nation. The Ani-Kutani grew to be a clan among the Cherokee, as opposed to a society, because their power and position had become hereditary. As the powers granted to the Ani-Kutani were granted by special dispensation from the divine breathgiver, they were only to be used for the best interests of the people.

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n Slavery in the Cherokee Nation

n By Patrick Neal Minges