Photo shows the famous Cherokee, Junaluska, wearing cap of Zoroastrian conjurer
Junaluska (Tsunu’lahun’ski) was the spiritual leader of a band of Cherokees, living outside the Cherokee Nation in the Maggie Valley, NC until 1838. However, he was born near present day Dillard, GA and after the Trail of Tears lived in present day Graham County, NC. He was the founder of the Snowbird Clan of Cherokees, which have their own reservation.
Junaluska is best known for raising a company of 100 Cherokee soldiers to assist General Andrew Jackson in his military campaign against the Red Stick Creeks. He saved Jackson’s life in one battle and in the Battle of Horseshoe Bend, led an attack on the rear of the Red Stick village, which made escape impossible for the Creeks.
What is not generally known about Junaluska is that he was a haggi, (conjurer or sorcerer) in the traditional Cherokee religion. In their communal worship services, he conjured demons from flames in order to seek their guidance. He then interpreted what the demons were saying to those attending. The appearance of this religious practice is virtually identical to that of “speaking in tongues” in a Pentecostal Christian Church. I have personally observed both.
Charate Haggi of Tugaloo was a famous conjurer in the early 18th century. His name means “Sacred Fire People- Conjurer.” In December of 1715, he told the leadership of the embryonic Cherokees that they should kill the delegation of Muskogean leaders, who were their guests then switch sides to fight for the British in the Yamasee War. The demons promised that as a result the Cherokees would conquer a great empire. That, in fact, is what happened for exactly 20 years, then several, horrific smallpox plagues devastated their population. The Cherokee lost every war they fought after 1737. That they continued to exist at all was due to the constant protection of the Colony of South Carolina.
The Zoroastrian pronunciation of their word for “Sacred Fire” is identical to that of the Cherokee word for the same. I am convinced that the Cherokee tribe was never an ethnic group, but a religious-political movement that swept through the Appalachians in the late 1600s and early 1700s. It was most likely introduced by Zoroastrian refugees from the Middle East. This is why the Cherokees have no cultural memory before the early 1700s and are constantly trying to “steal” cultural symbols and town sites from the Creeks in Georgia.
The secret history of the Middle East
In 1492, Christians, Jews and Zoroastrians were the oppressed majorities in many areas of the Ottoman Empire. The current batch of prevaricating Muslim talking heads don’t tell you this, but an unimaginably brutal genocide of Christians and Zoroastrians occurred between 1500 and 1700 in the Middle East in order make these horribly persecuted, non-Muslim majorities, impotent minorities. Millions upon millions of Christians and Zoroastrians were either killed, castrated, enslaved or deported. The Muslims repeatedly launched massive invasions of Eastern Europe in attempts to destroy Christianity. There are many ways of explaining how some of these refugees ended up in the Appalachians.
Haggi means exactly the same in the Zoroastrian religion of the Middle East as it did in the Proto-Cherokee language. In fact, there are many shared, identical beliefs between Zoroastrianism and traditional Cherokee religion such as multiple layers of heaven and conjuring of demons within fires and springs. The primary difference is that Middle Eastern haggi were not supposed to conjure demons into harming other persons.
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