Appalachian Pagan Alliance
August 2004 Newsletter

Editress: Ginger Strivelli

Well all us APAers found ourselves speechless…well almost 
speechless… in August. There were only 49 posts on the 
APA's yahoogroups list all month long…the lowest number 
of posts since Feb. of 2000!

We even forgot a couple of our usual thrice monthly chat-
night events which were suppose to be held on the 10th, 
20th, and 30th, as they are every month.

I guess I'll just have to start one of our infamous 
APA heated debates to get y'all talking again….so consider 
yourself warned! I'm dragging out the soapbox, dusting 
it off….and banishing any PCness that has snuck in when 
we weren't looking.


In honor of the first Harvest Lammas holiday…bake some 
bread Y'all! Here's one of my favorite recipes.

__ Tsalagi Wadulisi Selu Gadu (English translation; 
'Cherokee Honey Corn bread') __ 

4 cups of yellow cornmeal
1 cup self rising flour 
1 cup buttermilk 
1 cup honey 
2 cups whole cut corn 
2 eggs

Mix all items together, Form doughy batter into little 
round (wooden spoon-sized)balls. 
Fry in butter or butter flavored shortening for about 
2 minutes on each side, until golden brown.
(Note: originally bear fat would have been used 
instead of the butter, eggs, and milk.) 



ANCIENT OLYMPIA, Greece -- The flame that burned at the 
Athens Games was lit amid the ruins of the ancient 
sanctuary where the Olympics were started 2,780 years 
In a ceremony held at an altar dedicated to the 
Goddess Hera, a Greek actress playing the role of 
a high priestess lighted the torch. 
She placed a silver torch inside a burnished-steel 
concave mirror for the sun's rays to ignite reciting 
the following prayer:
"Today the Olympic flame will be reborn yet again 
to enfold the whole world in its light." Then they 
intoned a prayer to the God Apollo for the sun to shine;
"Apollo, God of the sun and the idea of light, send 
your rays and light the sacred torch for the hospitable 
city of Athens," 
The Olympics began in Olympia in 776 BCE and were held 
every four years until the Roman Emperor Theodosius 
abolished them in the year 393 after Christianity 
took over and he ordered the Pagan Games stopped.
A group led by Baron Pierre de Coubertin of France 
restarted them in 1896, and they returned to their 
ancient homeland this month for the 2004 summer games. 
Some events were even held in the ancient fields, 
where the games were held centuries ago.

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