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Winter solstice amongst indigenous in the US

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A few miles outside of Collinsville, Il. and north-west of St. Louis, Mo. sits mounds. Not just any patch of hills, these mounds are ancient.

Here, you will find evidence of a prehistoric, Native city that was the center of massive winter solstice festivals occurring thousands of years before Ireland’s Stonehenge.

Between Illinois and Missouri, are Cahokia Mounds, the largest archaeological site in the United States that evidences a sophisticated culture of people called, The Mississippians.

Cahokia Mounds Historical Site

Cahokia Mounds Historical Site is 2,200 acres, yet its original size estimates to be a six-mile-stretch consisting of multiple-story housing and pyramid-like structures. According to archaeological digs, Cahokia was once a city of 100,00 peop.e

Similar to Egyptian and Mayan pyramids, the the mounds perfectly align with the solar system during the winter and summer solstice, and the spring and fall equinox. This year’s Winter Solstice occurred on December 22 at 12:30 am EST. Maybe you did not notice because of the Trump Tax Bill or other major issues around the world that emerge. If you notice, there is always a lot of activity around the four important times of the year.

Winter Solstice

Winter Solstice. Photo credit: Noah Silliman

In indigenous cultures around the world, the sun was acknowledged as a critical part of life.

During winter solstice, the Earth’s maximum axial tilt to the sun is 23°23’ for a single moment in the year. In the northern hemisphere, the angle of the sun creates a day with the shortest amount of daylight.

At Cahokia, structures were built to align so perfectly that 408 miles away in Peebles, Oh., another structure called, The Great Serpent, looks like it slithers away from the mounds in Illinois.

The mounds at Cahokia and its significance are so old, that Native Americans today still work to understand its fullness. A mystery parallel also to Mayan, Egypt, and Stonehenge structures.

More over, the closeness of winter solstice and Christmas is not a coincidence. When Christmas was implemented in Rome at about 300 A.D., it was around the celebration of the pagan holiday, Sol Invictus or the festival celebrating the invincible sun.

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