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The mystery of Judaculla Rock

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posted on Oct, 14 2009 @ 11:06 AM
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The meaning of the Judaculla petroglyphs remain a mystery to us. In the late 1800's ethnologist James Mooney documented the Cherokee legend of Tsul'kalu', a slant eyed giant. Tsul'kalu' was considered a great hunter who lived in nearby mountains. As legend describes, the giant leaped down off his mountain to a creek below where he scratched the rock with his 7 fingered hands. Other versions say he scraped it with his toes. Over time the name Tsul'kalu' evolved to Judaculla.

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As long as 5,000 years ago, prehistoric Native Americans used the area around Judaculla to mine soapstone, a rock valued for its heat-retaining properties. The Cherokee, later residents of the area, considered the site to be sacred. The first carvings on the Judaculla Rock appeared about 1,500 years ago. According to Cherokee legend, they were created when Tsul-Kalu, the Great Slant-Eyed Giant, jumped from his home on the ridge above to the valley below, leaving a strange imprint.

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A slant eyed giant with a 7 fingerd hand you say? Pretty interesting stuff! This part is interesting to me.



What the heck is that stick guy holding hands with!



But that's not it! There may be more!

Two other engraved rocks are said to be in the area: one was buried in a mining accident and the other, perhaps, is also buried. Dominated by mining the mineral-rich mountains, the area has never been fully excavated. In a limited dig, archeologists found quarry tools near-by and have speculated that the soapstone rock could have been engraved around the time that soapstone bowls are dated too, either between 3000-2000 BC or around 200 BC. Currently the rock is quickly eroding and evades study.

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I would really like to see the area excavated, and any remaining glyphs be restored, and preserved.

-E-

[edit on 14-10-2009 by MysterE]




posted on Oct, 14 2009 @ 11:35 AM
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It's interesting that the legend describes the giant as "slant-eyed", in
the video some of the characters look like chinese kanji characters.

[edit on 14-10-2009 by holyTerror]



posted on Oct, 14 2009 @ 12:28 PM
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Dont forget the 7 clawed fingers he apearantly scratched the glyphs with!

-E-



posted on Mar, 3 2013 @ 11:55 AM
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Well, this is a pretty old thread, but new news to me


I've never hear of this place before. Here is a great video that tells of the legend of a 7 fingered giant







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