Welcome to "The Gods Are Bored," catching up with the fabulous Cornhusker state, Nebraska, as it harvests another year of the great yellow grain!
Corn. Where would we be without corn? Europe, that's where! What the Europeans called "corn" was actually barley. They just named maize "corn" when they started chowing down on it.
Maize has been found in acheological digs in the Americas going back thousands of years. Needless to say, the Native Americans had many deities who helped them with their harvest of it. They popped it, ground it, ate it green (big celebration that absolutely coincides with Lughnasadh).
Did Yahweh create corn? If He did, why didn't He share it with His chosen people? Why did they have to float their boats all the way to the Westerh Hemisphere to find it? Seems kind of unfair to me. Just saying.
Omaha, Nebraska is just one of the many geographical names given to us by the Native Americans. In this case, the Omaha is a tribe. For centuries they worshiped around a Sacred Pole, until predation on their group nearly knocked them out of existence. When their last holy man was about to die, they were going to bury the pole with him. Instead it got carted off to Harvard, where it remained until 1989.
In that year, the Omaha petitioned for its return. Harvard graciously complied. Now the Omaha worship around this pole again!
Most Omaha Indians are Christians, but they still hold their Sacred Pole in their hearts. Is this worship of a graven image (forbidden in the Bible)? Ahhhh. Choose one or the other, that's what Yahweh would have you do. And if you choose the wrong one, off to Hell you go.
I would take the Sacred Pole. Deities who provided the Earth with maize are mighty indeed!
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; Nothing corny about this.
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