December 21st is known to many as the Winter Solstice. The shortest and darkest day of the year, but also the beginning of the Sun’s return to the North where it can bring warmth and life to the earth once more. A rebirth of the growing season. A rebirth of Life.
Over 20,000 years ago a people who call themsleves Ani-shin-ABe (First People) the Ojibwe celebrated this day as the birth of Giizis. (spoken very much like Giza or Ghiza). They would tell the story of how a child of the Great Spirit disguised as the Raven took the Light and carried it to mankind to bring them Life and Knowledge. This story is very similar to the Greek story of Prometheus that steals light from Zeus and is later tied to a Tree and crucified.
It is no surprise that when the Europeans came to North America telling stories of Jesus the Son, and his birth on December 25th that many of the First Peoples thought that they were speaking of Giizis the Sun, who is reborn on Dec 21st each year. I read often that a Jesus Myth is based on Osiris, Isis, Horus or some other Egyptian God. But indeed the root of the Jesus story is the Ojibwe Giizis. Enjoy.
Niibaa’ anami’egiizhigad & Aabita Biboon http://www.anishinaabemdaa.com/moons.htm
Happy Solstice, Merry Christmas, Peace of Jesus be with you.