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Among the most
feared of the Cherokee entities was the Raven Mocker , or
kalanu ahyeli-ski. The Raven Mocker robs dying people of
their lives, and the mocker is said to look old and
withered because of all the lives it has taken.
The Raven Mocker
swoops down from the sky, arms outstretched, leaving a
trail of sparks behind. The noise of its passing is a
sound that sends trembles through the strongest heart kamagra uk.
The sound presages the arrival at the homes of those who
are sick or dying.
medicine man would be waiting outside the home to try to
drive away the Raven Mocker. But the medicine must be
strong, or else the Raven Mockers get inside the room
where the ailing person is by turning invisible. Then
they frighten the sick person until the victim passes
The Raven Mocker
then eats the heart of the victim. This act will add the
number of days or years they have stolen from the victim
to the length of their own lives, keeping them refreshed
so they can commit more evil. Since the Raven Mocker is
invisible, and leaves no scar when it takes the heart, it
is difficult to detect. If someone with strong medicine
sees the evil spirit, the Raven Mocker will die within
belief is that of the Little People. Four different
tribes of them are said to live in the region. One tribe
lives in the rock caves on the mountainsides who spend
their time playing music and drumming. They can be
counted on for help in times of trouble.
Another tribe of
little people can live anywhere, since they are
invisible. They are also fond of music. One tribe
consists of water fairies who live in deep watery holes
or river bottoms. Another tribe is more mischievous,
though they have been known to help hunters.
tribe, completely unlike the Cherokee, were called the
White Dwarves. The White Dwarves are described as four
feet tall, wrinkled, with long white hair and beards.
They have distinctive eyes due to being able to see only
One legend says a
Cherokee tribe killed all the white dwarves but one. A
Cherokee hunter found her and fell in love with her
despite the physical and cultural differences. The son of
their union eventually became a great Cherokee chief.
Sometimes, when you think you are hearing the soft
October wind, you are actually hearing the echoes of
long-ago lullabies sung to comfort the child.
Legend also plays a
big part in the Blowing Rock. A beautiful maiden, called
Princess Starlight in some accounts because of her bright
eyes, was the object of much desire among her tribe. The
father was reluctant to allow her to marry because he
prized her above all things. When she finally
successfully pleaded her case, the braves came from
across the region for a chance to win her hand, since the
pledge had to be made on a high cliff.
But only one
warrior found favor with Princess Starlight. Another
jealous brave lied to Princess Starlight and told her
that her chosen had already broken a previous promise of
love. So Princess Starlight spurned her chosen warrior.
So great was his
grief that he flung himself over the edge of the cliff,
shouting that he could not live without her. Princess
Starlight realized her error and immediately prayed to
the gods to save him. The west and south winds arose and
pushed the warrior back to the cliff, into the waiting
arms of Princess Starlight. And the wind blows to this
So remember when you look around the mountain horizons that the spirits took up residence ages before Daniel Boone wandered the North Carolina hills, and voices still drift between the trees, ready to reach the ears of those willing to listen.
(Originally appeared in The Mountain Times)
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