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    Anyone here follow this path?
    I found a few sites that explain the beliefs. But I'm still curious for more.

    I'm interested in it because it blends Cherokee beliefs into the path. And well, I've been looking for anything and anyway to honor te path and Gods of my dad's ancestors.
    Somewhere mentioned that they honor Grandmother Spider (Kanene Ski Amai Yehi), used Tsalagi (cherokee) language for spells, hymns and other things.
    So it's looking really interesting to me.

  • #2
    We must be sisters. Keep bumping into each other on these different paths.
    Slavic, Native American and now this one!
    Sending a pm, but here's the Appalachian Pagan Alliance's links page.

    http://www.angelfire.com/nb/appalach...linkspage.html


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    • #3
      Originally posted by Belle Terre
      Anyone here follow this path?
      I found a few sites that explain the beliefs. But I'm still curious for more.

      I'm interested in it because it blends Cherokee beliefs into the path. And well, I've been looking for anything and anyway to honor te path and Gods of my dad's ancestors.
      Somewhere mentioned that they honor Grandmother Spider (Kanene Ski Amai Yehi), used Tsalagi (cherokee) language for spells, hymns and other things.
      So it's looking really interesting to me.
      I also find this path interesting. Here is an article I found a few months back:

      http://www.witchvox.com/va/dt_va.htm...=trads&id=3207



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      • #4
        Thanks you two

        Lyntwyn: Got your PM. It'll take a while to read though it all!
        We must be sisters. Keep bumping into each other on these different paths.Slavic, Native American and now this one!
        Lol. Yeah, I noticed that. Pretty funny. Wanna compare notes some time?

        Sage: Thanks for the link.

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        • #5
          On a related note. Anyone rememebr the TV show, Beverly Hillbillies? Granny on the show was more likely this kind of granny than being anyone's grandmother, though I am not sure where the character's name actually came from. I have a book somewhere, it explained some things, like why we still burn trash in the county I grew up in.
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          • #6
            I've noticed that when I use my intuition, I get the best results. Upon studying these methods, it all boils down to granny magick. I'm only the first generation of my mother's family to have been born outside of the Appalachians since my ancestors came over from various lands about Ireland, England, Scotland, etc. and started mingling about 300 years ago. (My other grandmother was from the Ozarks, and a Green Witch if I ever saw one.)
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            • #7
              I found this while searching for information on it. Also, this on Appalachian folklore.
              Last edited by Philosophia; May 14th, 2006, 07:03 AM.
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              • #8
                Originally posted by Minerva Mind
                I found this while searching for information on it. Also, this on Appalachian folklore.
                Thanks Minerva (did you see how long that one posters sig was sheesh. lol) and everyone else

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Belle Terre
                  Thanks Minerva (did you see how long that one posters sig was sheesh. lol) and everyone else
                  I know...geesh, its worse than mine
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                  • #10
                    Hi
                    There is a yahoo group. The woman who runs it, I believe is the founder of the specific tradition. The group however is an eclectic mix of people with ties to the Appalachian region.

                    I would not say it is true appalachian. That is like saying all pagans are wiccan. I myself practice a very similar path. The history of magic in the Appalachians is definately intresting. It is a mix of the traditions of the cherokee, other indiginious tribes. the scot-irish, and the germans, who all came to this area in the 18th century. The isolation of the area kept many of those traditions intact well into the 19th century. Many never called themselves witches, most considered themselves christians, and each path was almost completely unique to a family. I believe what exists today is more of reconstructionism than carried ver traditions. I have been doing some research and some of the techniques they used would not want to repeated in this day and age.
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by southern_fried_wicca
                      Hi
                      There is a yahoo group. The woman who runs it, I believe is the founder of the specific tradition. The group however is an eclectic mix of people with ties to the Appalachian region.

                      I would not say it is true appalachian. That is like saying all pagans are wiccan. I myself practice a very similar path. The history of magic in the Appalachians is definately intresting. It is a mix of the traditions of the cherokee, other indiginious tribes. the scot-irish, and the germans, who all came to this area in the 18th century. The isolation of the area kept many of those traditions intact well into the 19th century. Many never called themselves witches, most considered themselves christians, and each path was almost completely unique to a family. I believe what exists today is more of reconstructionism than carried ver traditions. I have been doing some research and some of the techniques they used would not want to repeated in this day and age.
                      Could you elaborate on these techniques? Or at least point us in the direction of the information?

                      Thanks!



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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Agaliha View Post
                        Anyone here follow this path?
                        I found a few sites that explain the beliefs. But I'm still curious for more.

                        I'm interested in it because it blends Cherokee beliefs into the path. And well, I've been looking for anything and anyway to honor te path and Gods of my dad's ancestors.
                        Somewhere mentioned that they honor Grandmother Spider (Kanene Ski Amai Yehi), used Tsalagi (cherokee) language for spells, hymns and other things.
                        So it's looking really interesting to me.
                        It does not always mix Cherokee beliefs. Some do, many do not. It just depends o who knew and believed what, ad who they taught and so on. There is Cherokee influence in many a Grannies ways though they may now it. Influences such ass herbal and bird lore among other things sure... but as far as working with Cherokee entities oran understanding of the Cherokee medicine tradition... probably not.

                        You are talking a few grannies for every large bunch maybe knowing something.

                        Originally posted by eldora_avalon View Post
                        On a related note. Anyone rememebr the TV show, Beverly Hillbillies? Granny on the show was more likely this kind of granny than being anyone's grandmother, though I am not sure where the character's name actually came from. I have a book somewhere, it explained some things, like why we still burn trash in the county I grew up in.
                        She is an excellent example of a granny witch, though like many would probably never have called herself a witch. Bad rep and all. She probably was their actual granny to. Women married early and were unlikely to not have children.
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