I am repeating my last give-away, which is a copy of the Tradepaper book, newly on sale, THE ANGEL AND THE WARRIOR with this post. Briefly, I’m going to repeat my instructions from my last post, and here it is:
On April 7, 2015, Tradepaper copy of THE ANGEL AND THE WARRIOR goes on sale. Today I will be giving away a free copy of the Tradepaper copy of THE ANGEL AND THE WARRIOR to some lucky blogger, a $16.00 value. There is a restriction. It is limited to the United States only. Here is a link to to go to in order to look at the blurb of the book, as well as an excerpt. Also, both the e-book and the Tradepaper are on sale at the moment. Here is the link: http://www.samhainpublishing.com/book/4964/the-angel-and-the-warrior
As always, in order to claim your prize, you must come back to the site tomorrow and look to see if you are the winner. If you have won, instructions will be given on how to contact me so that the book can be sent to you. But you must contact me in order to claim your prize.
I thought for a long time about what I might post this Easter. Because the Iroquois weren’t traditionally Christians prior to the arrival of the French Jesuits, I thought I’d introduce you to their Maple Sugar Festival, which was the festival held about this time of year. The Iroquois had 8 different festivals throughout the year. It was in spring, when the nights were cold and the days were warm that the sap began to flow. This particular festive was only a one day festival, but it was definitely perhaps one of the sweetest. Marking this festival there were dances, singing and the making of sweet soups and other sweets as well as a tribute given to the maple tree.
It was much prized by the children (I wonder why).
Maple syrup, maple sugar, by the way is a completely American Indian product. Interestingly, as I have become more and more educated on nutrition, I have learned that maple sugar, although definitely a sugar, reacts differently in the body than regular sugar — or any other kind of sweetener. It has even been found of late to aid in the recovery of Diabetics (I’m no doctor so please don’t take this as medical advice — I’m just passing along information that I’ve read recently from the farm where I buy my maple sugar, and also this particular YouTube video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oH2v7MgWbkk
Unlike the Harvest Festival (our Thanksgiving Festival in the Autumn), this festival that pays tribute to the maple tree and it’s sap, wasn’t given much publicity and so it has tended to fade into history, except in the Northeast where the tradition of gathering the sap from the maple trees still exits (thank goodness because I love real maple syrup). But I thought it would be fun to look at it from the viewpoint again of what the American Indian has given to this country and to the world. One of those gifts is pure maple syrup, a sugar that the body recognizes as something it can use (it contains antioxidants, by the way) and does not influence ones blood sugar (apparently) in the same way as other sugars. Again, I’m not in the medical profession and am just passing along information that I’ve learned recently.
But it was at this time of year that this festival was much looked forward to and much loved by the American Indian of yesterday. Since this is part of the history that makes up this land, I thought you might enjoy learning a little about it.
Happy Easter to you all!