Creation: Beasts turned to stone

Grey Man of the Merrick

Great beings turned to rock.

“Then said the twin brothers, “Men, our children, are poorer than the beasts, their enemies; for each creature has a special gift of strength and sagacity, while to men has been given only the power of guessing. Nor would we that our children be web-footed like the beings that live over the waters and damp places.”

“Therefore, they sent all men and harmless beings to a place of security; then laid their water shields on the ground. Upon it they placed four thunder bolts, one pointing North, another West, another South, and the other Eastward. When all was ready they let fly the thunder bolts. Instantly, the world was covered with lurid fire and shaken with rolling thunders, as in a forest today burned and blasted where the lightning has fallen.

“Thus as the clay of vessels is burned to rock, and the mud of the hearth crackled and reddened by fire, so the earth was mottled and crackled and hardened where now we see mountains and masses of rock. Many of the great monsters and prey-beings were changed in a twinkling to enduring rock or shrivelled into twisted idols which the hunter and  priest-warrior know best how to prize. Behold, their forms along every mountain side and ravine, and in the far western valleys and plains, still endure the tracks of the fathers of men and beings, the children of earth.

“Yet some of the beings of prey were spared, that the world might not become over-filled with life, and starvation follow, and that men might breathe of their spirits and be inspired with the hearts of warriors and hunters.

About Running Elk

My given native name, Running Elk, was bestowed in 2008 as I took my first steps as a fully fledged Medicine Man of the Zuni tradition. A most unlikely candidate for the role, my journey as a healer began some four years prior. The detour onto the shamanic way was most unexpected, yet has been one of the most rewarding challenges to date.
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