Judaculla Rock . . . the meaning of these petroglyphs is solved by linguistics and some knowledge of history elsewhere
GPS Coordinates: Latitude – 35°18’04.4″N ~ Longitude – 83°06’36.6″W
There is a boulder in the Tuckasegee River Basin of the North Carolina Mountains, which contains more symbols than any petroglyphic site in the eastern United States. A total of 1,548 symbols have been counted on the soapstone boulder. There are also several hemispherical scars where soapstone bowls were long ago extracted from the boulder. Some of the symbols are actually carved into the bowl-shaped scars.
For over two centuries, the Judaculla Rock was described as a mystery. No one knew who carved the symbols, when they carved them or what they meant. That all changed a decade ago, when North Carolina archaeologists announced that their Cherokees carved the symbols and that the boulder was a map of the Cherokee Nation. Oh really? The Cherokees don’t even know what Judaculla means and those symbols appear in several other parts of the world, where the Cherokees never lived. Guess they didn’t know that, did they?
It is a problem that has plagued the archaeology profession in the Southeastern United States since day one . . . that is . . . practicing archaeology in the absence of anthropology. In all other parts of the globe, archaeologists consider it mandatory to first learn the languages and cultural history of the people, who lived on the site that they are excavating, before interpreting what was found in that site. In other words, just saying “Judaculla is an ancient Cherokee word, whose meaning has been forgotten” just doesn’t cut it in England, Mexico, Ireland, France, Peru, Scandinavia, Russia, China, Colombia, Israel, Japan, Germany, Italy, Iraq, Egypt or Australia. First, though, POOF will compare some petroglyphs around the world.
Look at the crab-like figure on the lower left of the boulder. Now look at the Swedish Bronze Age symbol for an eclipse below.
Cherokee interpretation of the Judaculla Rock
Cherokee legends link Judaculla (also known as Tuli-kula/Yuthakullah/Tsulʻkalu) to their slant-eyed Master-of-Game Giant with the surrounding landscape, including land forms, rivers, and Indian towns. This tradition has been elaborated on in recent years by academicians and anthropologists employed by the Eastern Band of Cherokees or the State of North Carolina. The most common version of the story, told today, was a that a great slant eyed giant arrived from across the Pacific Ocean to the Tuckasegee River Valley. Until about 15 years ago, the legend had him living there, when the Cherokees arrived. Now the legend told tourists is that the Cherokees had always lived in the Tucksegee River Valley and thatthe Judaculla Giant arrived many centuries ago. He carved the Judaculla Rock as a map to acquaint them with their new homeland.
For the record . . . the South Carolina Colonial Archives contains a report from 1745, transmitted from the Cherokees via an Indian trader to the Royal governor. The report states that the Cherokees explored the Upper Tuckasegee River Valley for the first time that year. They encountered Europeans with tan skins like the Cherokees, but the men were hairy all over their bodies and wore long beards. All the families spoke a dialect of Spanish. Their houses were built out of logs, but had arched windows. The Cherokees said that these strangers “worshiped a book.” There was no mention in the report about any giants living near Sylva or Cullowhee.
Let’s take a look at the meaning of those words . . .
Tuli-kula is the Cherokee-nization of the original Itsate Creek name of a large proto-Creek town, where Western North Carolina University is now located. The original Itstate words are Tula-Kula, which mean “Town of Kula.” See below for the explanation of Kula.
Yuthakullah is a very interesting pronunciation. It is how someone speaking Old Anglo-Saxon or Gamla Norsk (Old Norwegian) would pronounce Judaculla (Yuđakulla). How a Viking Age pronunciation of a word would appear in the North Carolina Mountains is anyone’s guess.
Both the Germanic Scandinavians and the Gaelic Irish had traditions that their lands were formerly occupied by giants. There could be a connection between these traditions and actual tall human aborigines.
Etymology of nearby Creek geographical names
Tuckasegee – This is the Anglicization of the Muskogee Creek word, Tokahsi-gi, which means “Descendants of the Freckled Ones – People. The Tokahle or Tokahsi became one of the most powerful divisions of the Creek Confederacy after moving south in to the warmer climate of western Georgia and eastern Alabama. Their new capital was Tokahpasi (Tuckabatchee) on the Tallapoosa River. One of their bands migrated to northeastern Florida in the 1700s and became a core member of the Seminole Alliance. Spanish archives call these people, the Toque, while British settlers called them the Tokee.
The Tokahle men were known among the Creeks as being brawny giants. This is highly significant, since according to the De Soto Chronicles, the Creek men at the time of European contact, averaged a foot taller than Spaniards. Their brawniness could well be the origin of the Cherokee legend about “Judaculla the Giant.”
The capital and the province in which the Tokahle lived during pre-Spanish contact times, was named Kulla or Kura. See below for the etymology of Kulla. The capital was located where Cullawhee, NC now sits. Cullawhee is the Anglicization of a hybrid word, which had a Creek tribal name as its root, which was attached to a Cherokee suffix meaning “place of.” The Cherokee suffix “yi” is equivalent to the Itza Maya and Itsate Creek suffix, pa, and the Muskogee Creek suffix, fa.
Juda – This is the Anglicization of the Cherokee-nization of the Muskogee-Creek word, sutv . . . pronounced jzhü – dä by Muskogees and Cherokees. Cherokees and Muskogee Creeks pronounce a Creek T as a D. Thus, “Thank you” in Creek, mvto, sounds like Mahdo in Muskogee and Cherokee, but mahto, in Georgia and Florida Creek languages. Itstate and Apalache Creeks pronounce a T very similarly to an English T.
Culla – This is the Anglicization of the Proto-Creek town and province in North Carolina named Kura. Muskogeans roll their R’s so hard that most speakers of European languages, other than Spanish, write the R down as an L. The correct spelling survives as the name of a mountain in Northeast Georgia – Currahee. The capital of Kura was where Western North Carolina University is now located. Three large mounds were bulldozed there in the 1970s to build WCU’s administration building.
In other words, Judaculla means “The Sky Over the Province of Kura.” This explains why there are hundreds of pecked dots on the boulder. They are the millions of stars in the background of brighter stars and galaxies, which appeared to humans to be constellations. Evidently, the symbols super-imposed over the matrix of stars represent constellations . . . which the people of Kura assumed to be other provinces of extraterrestrial people with their own sun lords.
The Creeks were one of the few pre-industrial cultures in the world, who believed that the Earth was just one planet among many, in which humanoid peoples lived. This belief derived from another tradition that remembered past frequent visitors from other solar systems and galaxies. Their best buddies were extremely tall humanoids from a solar system in the Pleiades Constellation. According to this legend, these “giants” built at least three “star gates” on the Great Spiral Mound at Ocmulgee National Monument, the Great Round Mound at Rembert Mounds near Elberton, GA and in the Nacoochee Valley. Some priests of the Creek Wind Clan used the star gates to visit the home planet of their super-sized buddies, but it was a dangerous journey for homo sapiens. Several priests returned dead or horribly deformed in the star gates.
The Truth is out there somewhere!
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