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john davies
notes from a small vicar
from a parish
in Liverpool, UK

    Tuesday, March 18, 2008
    Rock of Doubt #2- The Sacred Pipe
     
    "We have been told that Jesus the Christ was crucified, but that he shall come again at the Last Judgment, the end of the world or cycle. This I understand and know that it is true, but the white man should know that for the red people too, it was the Will of Wakan-Tanka, the Great Spirit, that an animal turn itself into a two-legged person in order to bring the most Holy Pipe to His People; and we too were taught that this White Buffalo Calf Woman, who brought our sacred pipe, will appear again at the end of this 'world', a coming which we Indians know is now not very far off…"
    Black Elk of the Ogala Sioux recorded and edited by Joseph Epes Brown, The Sacred Pipe - and quoted in Sydney Carter, Rock of Doubt.