Sunday, August 4, 2013

8 Giant Sioux Indians Buried in the Form of a Cross in Missouri Mound

8 Giant Sioux Indians Buried in the Form of a Cross in  a Missouri  Indian Mound

The Tarleton Cross in Ohio was constructed by the Hopewell Sioux.  The Sioux occupied the Ohio Valley fior almost 2,000 years before being expelled in 535 A.D.  Mound and burial types would reemerge to the west, in what would be known as the historic  Sioux homelands

The cross was symbolic of the Sun deity for the ancient Sioux Hopewell mound builders. 

The Southeast Missourian, Dec, 27, 1934

8 Giant Skeletons in Missouri Mound; Light on Past May Be Shed
   Springfield, Dec, 27 - Discovery of eight giant human skeletons arranged in four layers so tha each pair formed a cross, in a shallow Indian mound near here apparently sheds new light on the religious customs of prehistoric tribes who once inhabited the Ozarks,
     Rev. S.P.Newberry, Springeild archaeologists believed it highly probable that the crosses formed by the skeletons were of religious significance.
     "The Indian cross," he explained, "has always indicated a place of worship,  In this particular case it seems particular a reasonable supposition that the eight skeletons were those of the high priests of some cult and their attendants.
   It was the custom of some tribes to sacrifice a priest's attendants when the priest died, and to bury them with him. In the crook of an arm of one of the skeletons was found an ancient stone sacrificial bowl, with markings which were exactly like four strange idols recently discovered by Mr. Newberry in the Coleman cavern north of Springfield.