Monthly Archives: August 2012

Cardiff Giant Lives!

We now supposedly “know” that the Onondaga Giant, commonly called “the Cardiff Giant,” was a hoax. After all, George Hull, a card cheat and insurance swindler, confessed it was so. And if you can’t trust a card cheat, then who … Continue reading

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The William Morgan Affair

The fire of anti-Masonic passion in the Burned-Over District had been precipitated by the William Morgan affair. William Morgan, a Freemason, had signed a book contract in which he promised to reveal the inner secrets of Masonry. Before the book … Continue reading

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Joseph Smith and the Mound Builders

Rev. Solomon Spaulding “retired from the ministry owing to failing health, and visited the mounds in this western country to engage in the study of their archaeology. While in the Miami Valley [of Ohio] he conceived the idea of writing … Continue reading

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Serpent Cult of the Mound Builders?

A terrible enemy afflicted the Iroquois. “It had a man’s head on the body of a great serpent. This terrific foe took his position on the path between the Onondagas and Cayugas…” (Notes On The Iroquois, by Henry Rowe Schoolcraft, … Continue reading

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Curious Legends of the Iroquois

Alexander MacWhorter consulted the works of Henry Rowe Schoolcraft while writing his essay, “Tammuz and the Mound Builders.” Schoolcraft was the author of Notes On The Iroquois, originally published in 1846. In that book, Schoolcraft includes some rather curious legends … Continue reading

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"Stone Giants" of the Onondaga

“The mound-builders of the lower Mississippi practised the Moloch form of sun worship and human sacrifices, at their golden city opposite St. Louis. This worship among their kindred in Mexico included the eating of the flesh of captives, as a … Continue reading

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Iroquois Battle "Stone Giants" at Onondaga

Phoenician voyagers long ago arrived in Yucatan. There today we come upon colossal ruins of ancient date which can hardly be better described, according to Alexander MacWhorter, than as monuments of the Phoenicians. North of Yucatan lies “the great pyramid … Continue reading

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