Cahokia 5

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Cahokia 5 - carved Image of (tone for us In (heir religion...
carved Image of (tone for us In (heir religion ceremonies. - - FOTTKBY neg TH atotnrD. What clew have we to tha people who made the great Cahokia mound or pyramid? Little, except that we learn from the Spaniard who conquered Mexico. Cortea, BernaL . Diaz, and , f of the .Spanish writers, in describing what they saw U Mexico, tell of the great M,x,n Temple of the San, on the top of which burned the everlasting fire which thev worshiped The cruel Spaniards saw soma of their own companions sacrificed in tha fire of the Mexican Sun God, and were witnesses with their own eye of the most horrid of religion ceremonies. , - TBI OMAT JfrxlSAH TXarrx of the Sun was an earthen mound like that of Cahokia. 120 feet in heiirht bntonlvttiiit t.t aanara at tha base and not near half tk our Cahokia nvramid. On tha tor, f tb. w , , , r T.tT can, or rawer azwo, mouna were two sconces, in one of which burned the eternal fire. "Surrounding the great pyramid," say Cla vigors, speaking of the Ax tec temple, "were forty aimilor structures of smaller size, consecrated to separate divinities. One wsa called the House of Mirror and covered with brilliant material, and was sacred to the god of light, the soul of the world, the spiritual sun ;nother to the god of water, another to the God of air, and this last they made circular because the winds go round the heaven. Beside all these there were the dwellings of the priests, amounting to several thonsand. There were pond and fountain, grove and gardens," These remarkable religious structures seen in Mexico by the Spaniards, we have not the least doubt, once had their counterpart in Madison County, although on a much larger scale. The Cahokia Mounds are, doubtless, simply the remain of a great religions Mecca of the mound builders, and quite probably ths most stupendous ruins of the work of man's hands to be seen not only on this continent, but in the world. I

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  1. The Inter Ocean,
  2. 02 Jan 1888, Mon,
  3. Page 6

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