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Traditionally, a person would go to Shasta for a special purpose; a doctor who dreamed of the spirit inside the mountain might be drawn there. If such a dream or vision called a person to Shasta, these powers protected the individual in his/her travels. A visit to the mountain, after careful instructions on proper behavior, could have resulted in the person receiving self-esteem, feelings of tranquility and relatedness to nature, and/or a purpose in life. Mt. Shasta has been, and continues to be a place to pray for people and achieve these special purposes.
Stories/mythology have figured in Pit River people's lives, although some people still believe these should not be discussed with outsiders because of their sacred traditional qualities. These myths are instructive, and have taught the people, for example, that their homeland, the Pit River Canyon, originated when the Creator first travelled to Mt. Shasta for power to establish the canyon (see also Wilson 1991). For Pit River people, Mt. Shasta existed at the beginning of creation when the earth was forming (see also Wilson n.d.). It is the specific location from which the continent grew. Mt. Shasta is also the final place where deceased people go after travelling west around the world, and where they ascend into the sky along the "flowery path" (Milky Way) to the "World's Heart." Songs, along with respect and prayer, have been required to keep Shasta whole.
Wintu people have been cautioned not to go to Mt. Shasta casually because it contains dangerous spirits. Traditionally it has been appropriate to gain access to the realm of the mountain in a spiritual way thus gaining protection from these dangerous spirits. Yet another realm exists inside the mountain and access to this realm might come through the mountainside, which can open up like a doorway. Access vents through caves offer another entry, and these are guarded by certain spirits. Therefore, a Wintu person traditionally has approached and ascended Mt. Shasta with great care and caution. Historically, a Wintu might have gone to Mt. Shasta when not feeling well, or in a condition of personal imbalance. At the mountain, an individual could pray and seek help on any matter. A Wintu would not live on the mountain. While one could stay for a time in some sacred places, one should never stay on Mt. Shasta, because, in the hierarchy of sacred places, Mt. Shasta is the most sacred. "It has it all." If one tried to live at such a locale the spirits would make him or her crazy.
same source as two posts above
According to Wintu tradition, Mt. Shasta has been the home of "little people" (also called "Mountain Boys") who reside inside the mountain. There were no normal" people there so there were no villages in or on the mountain. The little people have always been around when ceremonies are held. They can be heard and the people have always known of their presence. Doctors, have the ability to interpret what the little people say.
I think there has to be something to it. As there usually is with all these myths.
Originally posted by Skyfloating
reply to post by seagrass
Thats what I suspected. The indian version of a similar story.
Maybe we have to reconsider subterranean life.
Originally posted by Frontkjemper
Concerning "Ted's Caving Page" located right here, did anyone else find it extremely disturbing?