The Plain Truth About Thanksgiving
People seem to think that the origin of Thanksgiving is so pure and holy that everyone can now observe this day with a clear conscience -- thinking that this is pleasing to YAHWAH God. The TRUTH is rather different...
by John D. Keyser
The Following text was taken from Russel Means' autobiography entitled: Where White Men Fear To Tread. It discusses the background to the first "Thanksgiving" on American shores:
"When we met with the Wampanoag people, they told us that in researching the history of Thanksgiving, they had confirmed the oral history passed down through their generations. Most Americans know that Massasoit, Chief of the Wampanoag, had welcomed the so-called Pilgrim Fathers -- and the seldom mentioned Pilgrim Mothers -- to the shores where his people had lived for millennia. The Wampanoag taught the European colonists how to live in our hemisphere by showing them what wild foods they could gather, how, where, and what crops to plant, and how to harvest, dry, and preserve them.
"The Wampanoag now wanted to remind white America of what had happened after Massasoit's death. Massasoit was succeeded by his son, Metacomet, whom the colonists called "King" Philip. In 1675-1676, to show "gratitude" for what Massasoit's people had done for their fathers and grandfathers, the Pilgrims manufactured an incident as a pretext to justify disarming the Wampanoag.
"The whites went after the Wampanoag with guns, swords, cannons, and torches. Most, including Metacomet, were butchered. His wife and son were sold into slavery in the West Indies. His body was hideously drawn and quartered.
"For twenty-five years afterward, Metacomet's skull was displayed on a pike above the whites' village. The real legacy of the Pilgrim Fathers is treachery. Most Americans today believe that Thanksgiving celebrates a boar harvest, but that is not so.
"By 1970, the Wampanoag had turned up a copy of a Thanksgiving proclamation made by the governor of the colony, the text revealed the ugly truth:
'After a colonial militia had returned from murdering the men, women, and children of an Indian village, the governor proclaimed a holiday and feast to give thanks for the massacre. He encouraged other colonies to do likewise -- in other words, every autumn the crops are in, go kill Indians and celebrate your murders with a feast.'
"The Wampanoag we met at Plymouth came from everywhere in Massachusetts. Like many other eastern nations, theirs had been all but wiped out. The survivors found refuge in other Indian nations that had not succumbed to European diseases or to violence. The Wampanoag went into hiding or joined the Six Nations or found homes among the Delaware Shawnee nations, to name a few. Some also sought refuge in one of the two hundred eastern-seaboard nations that were later exterminated.
"Nothing remains of those nations but their names, and even some of those have been lost. Other Wampanoag, who couldn't reach another Indian nation, survived by intermarriage with black slaves or freedmen. It is hard to imagine a life terrible enough that people would choose instead, with all their progeny, to become slaves, but that is exactly what some Indians did."
The World's Thanksgiving Day
A Part Of The Ancient Pagan Harvest Festivals
We find the following in the publication entitled Thanksgiving --
"In the calendars of all people, certain days have been set aside for special religious or secular observances or as possessing a special character. Among these days, some have always been primarily religious in character; some were once of religious or superstitious significance but are no longer so; and some were wholly secular in origin and remain wholly secular in observance. Holy Days are possessed of some currently accepted religious significance, while Holidays, the occasions for which are religious or secular, are generally observed by a day off of work or school.
"The observance of occasions of religious significance has long been of great importance in the lives of all peoples. By studying the rites the ancient people observed to obtain the good will of evil spirits, to enlist the aid of benevolent ones, to ensure fertility in the fields, to CELEBRATE THE HARVEST, and to celebrate seasonal changes it is obvious the degree to which primitive religion was concerned with the PHENOMENA OF NATURE.
"When one studies the significance and origin of today's Christian religious observances, one then realizes that primitive pagan rites have been incorporated in and combined with Christian traditional celebrations. There is another holiday celebrated by nearly all people in these United States and throughout this world. This holiday is called THANKSGIVING in the United States.
"From the propaganda of public schools, every American THINKS they know HOW Thanksgiving ORIGINATED:
'In 1620, the small band of Pilgrims of Plymouth Colony braved the perilous North Atlantic Crossing in quest of religious freedom. Then they landed in November and faced winter with meager supplies of food that dwindled rapidly. Fifty-five of the original one-hundred two people coming on the Mayflower died before spring. Because the summer was blessed with rain and the autumn harvest was plentiful, the Pilgrim colony, appropriately grateful, established a day of Thanksgiving and invited the local Indians to share their bounty.'"SUPPOSEDLY, this is the ORIGIN of the Holiday known as THANKSGIVING and it is so PURE and HOLY that EVERYONE can now observe this Thanksgiving Day with a CLEAR CONSCIENCE, thinking that this is pleasing to our Heavenly Father Yahweh.
"The truth is rather different...
"The historical official Thanksgiving Day was not even a day completely given to thanks and praise, as the Pilgrims were accustomed to doing. This day was primarily a show of military power for the Indians" (House of Yahweh, Abilene, TX).
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