BY MOTHER TYNNETTA MUHAMMAD | LAST UPDATED: MAY 6, 2004 – 8:09:00 AM

BY MOTHER TYNNETTA MUHAMMAD | LAST UPDATED: MAY 6, 2004 – 8:09:00 AM

servants, then strike for them a dry path in the sea, not fearing to be overtaken, nor being afraid. So Pharaoh followed them with his armies, then there covered them of the sea that which covered them. And Pharaoh led his people astray and he guided not aright.” –Holy Qur’an, Surah 20, verses 77-79

k_fiakpui.jpgKofi Fiakpui playing Didgeridoo instrument from Australia and Nick of Time, performing on Earth Tone Base instrument from Australia. Both artists are from Los Angeles, California.


In following the music event of “Ta Ha” and its mystical meaning, I have drawn a comparison between the musicians who participated and the sounds emitted from their musical instruments as a prelude to a cosmic sky drama linked to the stars, which manifested itself on many levels and dimensions, as discussed in the previous articles.

e_wing.jpgEd Wing playing guitar and Chinese zithers and (right) Keiko Niikura playing keyboard from Japan.


According to the Skidi Pawnee branch of the Plains Indians of Kansas and Nebraska, this cosmic drama in the background of the stars is all but too real in the lives of those who follow their belief system. As children of the Most High God, the Skidi, who are the astronomers of their people, identify the stars as divine.

There have been several comparisons made between their ceremonies and those of the Aztecs of Mexico, though the Aztecs of Mexico practiced a far more rigid and elaborate form of rituals and sacrifice than is accredited to any other people, particularly when it comes to human sacrifices made to the Sun.

k_niikura.jpgKeiko Niikura playing keyboard from Japan.


For the Skidi Pawnee, the stars and planetary conjunctions play a far more important part of their yearly rituals pointing to their star origins. Their center focus is on the cycles of the Planet Venus as the “Evening Star” and oftentimes its appearance as the “Morning Star” in certain conjunctions. The other Planet that plays the greatest of importance in their ceremonies is Mars, which is believed to represent the true rising of the “Morning Star,” according to their beliefs.

m_diaz.jpgMargarita Diaz playing Zitar, an instrument from India.


The word ‘Skidi’ in the Pawnee language means “wolf,” from which, of course, the dog family evolved. This is even more significant when we review the importance of the heliacal rising of Sirius, or the “Dog Star,” linked to ancient Egypt and the Sothis Calendar, which marked the beginning of the New Year occurring in July with the inundation of the Nile. It is this star system of Sirius which forms the basis of the oral transmissions of the Dogon Tribes of Mali who trace their star origins from the beginning of the genetic material that make up our DNA.

According to the Supreme Wisdom Teachings of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, “The Universe is everything—Sun, Moon and Stars. They are planets. Planets are something grown or made from the beginning. And holy is something that has not been diluted, mixed or tampered with in any form.” So, in this recital of histories and oral traditions with their origins in the stars, we can better understand how this analogy of the musicians and the music they transmitted make up some of the vibrations, tones and sounds of a defined Cosmic Order in a harmonic expression of Divine Truth.

x-f_lin.jpgXiang Fei (Philip) Lin, from China, playing two-stringed violins called the Urhu.


“O Children of Israel, We truly delivered you from your enemy, and made a covenant with you on the blessed side of the mountain, and sent to you the manna and the quails. Eat of the good things

We have provided for you, and be not inordinate in respect thereof, lest My wrath come upon you; and he on whom My wrath comes, he perishes indeed.” –Holy Qur’an, Surah 20, verses 80, 81

To be continued.

 

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