Wednesday, August 18, 2010

The World Beneath

There is another world under this, and it is like ours in everything -- animals, plants, people -- save that the seasons are different. The streams that come down from the mountains are the trails by which we reach this underworld, and the springs at their heads are the doorways by which we enter it, but to do this one must fast and go to water and have one of the underground people for a guide. We know that the seasons in the underworld are different from ours because the water in the springs is always warmer in winter and cooler in summer than the outer air.

--Cherokee creation myth

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