Apalache-Creek temple made use of both solar and lightning energy
Many of you have probably glanced at an engraving, created by printer Arnout Leers of Rotterdam in 1658, which portrays a hilltop Apalache (Proto-Creek) temple, overlooking a mountain valley. The architecture of the temple, drawn by Leers, is probably grossly inaccurate. The building looks like a 17th century Dutch Protestant church. However, other aspects of the temple are intriguing. There is a beam of light coming from the sky or else pointed at the sky, from the temple mount. Lightning is striking a device on the roof of the rear of the temple. I have never, ever, seen such features elsewhere on European Renaissance art.
Notice also the upper left part of the drawing. It portrays an angel carrying a palm frond in one arm and the badge, which symbolized the French Huguenot Church, in the other arm. This symbolizes the warm relations between the Creek People living in the Southeast and the French Protestants at that time. Indeed, eventually the High King of the Apalache became a French Protestant Christian . . . but also allowed English Protestant, Roman Catholic and Jewish colonists to worship freely in their own buildings.
Ethnologist Charles de Rochefort did mention that the priests of the Apalache, called joana, knew how to ignite their sacred fires with focused sunlight. They also had large mirrors, which they used as “search lights” to focus sunlight on other parts of the valley. As yet, I can’t find any mention of lightning in Charles de Rochefort’s book, but evidently there was such a mention in the notes given him by Richard Briggstock, who was the actual person, who stayed in the Kingdom of Apalache for several months in 1653. Certainly, I learned on July 5, 2019 that this region has extensive electromagnetic activities underground, probably due to its volcanic origins. Now I got a charge out my close encounters of a third kind with ground lightning, but I do not recommend that any readers attempt to duplicate the experience as a recreational activity. There is so much that has been lost about the lives of our ancestors before the Great Disease Holocaust. We will continue to put back the pieces of that puzzle as new evidence appears.
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