Archive | August 12, 2018

The Haunting History Of ‘Canyon de Chelly’ — The ‘Spanish Conquistador’ Pictograph.

by Anura Guruge


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Continuing the series, but switching gears. Trying to show you some of the history — and please check out this Kokopelli post. In this pictograph notice the central figure wearing a red cloak with a WHITE CROSS. A priest along with the others that came to conquer the Indians to get their gold!


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Where Did The British Surname ‘Pope’ Come From — As In New Test Cricketer, Ollie Pope.

by Anura Guruge




Yes, of course, I have heard the NAME ‘Pope’ before BUT it was the new, 20-year old English cricketer, Ollie Pope, who made his Test debut against India yesterday that got me thinking.

Yes, there were popes that were married, and yes, there were popes that fathered children. But, I doubted whether any of those would have carried a surname ‘Pope’.

Plus, ‘Popes’ in very Anglican Britain.

So, I had to go looking. Appears it was a ‘not too nice’ nickname that stuck! Yikes. Indicated a pompous person that acted like a pope.

Yes, a possibility, that it might relate to those with a church, in particular bishopric, connection. But, the consensus is that it was most likely a nickname to start with. How a nickname eventually becomes a family name is a whole another conundrum.


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Canyon de Chelly: The Legend Of The Upside Down ‘Kokopelli’.

by Anura Guruge


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Bigger picture of where the upside down Kokopelli is located.


Click to ENLARGE and read here. Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kokopelli


Canyon de Chelly’s upside down Kokopelli is a ‘pictograph‘ (i.e., painted as opposed to carved) within the valley, fairly close to the entrance to the Canyon. You can’t see it from any of the overlooks. You have to go into the Canyon, with an authorized Navajo guide, on horseback, by ‘jeep‘ or by foot. We did both, on consecutive days. Hence, the two pictures at top (with two different cameras). As such we also got to hear about the legend, from two separate Navajo guides, 24-hours apart. And we did 3-years ago. So, I have heard the legend multiple times.

This Kokopelli is pretty close to the entrance, way before you get to the First Ruin — or even the area below the first South Rim overlook, i.e., Tunnel Overlook.

The Kokopelli, indubitably, is a fertility spirit — with the fertility also extending to farming. This agricultural aspect is important in Canyon de Chelly since they try and farm in the Canyon as much as they. They could NOT in 2018 because, atypically, they did NOT get any snow and as such there was no snow melt in the Spring.

The Canyon de Chelly Navajo think of Kokopelli as a ‘womanizer‘ who seduces women with his flue — that being the connection with fertility.

That he is famously depicted upside down is said to do with his ‘womanizing’. I can relate to that. {Smile}

His hunchback is also said to relate to his ‘womanizing’! It is said to carry his extra ‘seed’. So, the ancient Navajo had much to learn about human anatomy.

Per some Canyon de Chelly Navajo folks would hear Kokopelli’s flute, in the Canyon, in early Spring. That was a good omen and they knew that the coming years would be good.

Now you start getting divergence in the legend.

One Navajo guide was adamant that his grandmother, who grew-up and lived on the Canyon floor, told me about 10-years ago, that ‘they’ stopped hearing the flute about ’40-years’ ago. “they’ think that that is not good. You could understand why.

Other Navajos disagree. They claim that Kokopelli is still around and all is good. Hhhhmmm!


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SOME Of David Rockefeller’s Acadia, Maine, Estate Items To Be Auctioned, August 17, 20018.

by Anura Guruge


Click to access article from “Mount Desert Islander”.


Click for last year’s post on THE house for sale.


This from what I gather is basically ‘odds and ends‘ of no ‘great’ value — though all of those terms are relative when you are dealing with the likes of the Rockefellers.

As the above ‘MDI’ article points out in the 4th paragraph 1,500 items were already auctioned off at Christie’s in New York for a staggering $833 Million. Yes, you read that right; $833 Million. Close to a Billion.

I doubt that there will be any bargains at the August 17th auction in Northeast Harbor. The whole Acadia area, Northeast Harbor in particular, has an abundance of money, much of it, like the Rockefeller’s, old money. So, cash and cheques will be flying. Plus there will be sentimentality and those hoping that they might be able to make a profit reselling. So, I don’t plan to be there. Long drive.

But, I wanted to make sure that YOU knew about it. Happy bidding.



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