Called "Miracle" - Similar Stories
appear to Native Americans ( 1996 )
The article continues: "According to tribal members who visited the site, the Navajo women were inside their home when a thunderous noise came from nowhere and drew them to the door to investigate. What they saw standing before them, they said, were two ancient male Navajo spirits.
"The daughter [Ms Begay] was kind of in shock, and she couldn't move," said Karen Abe, a Navajo woman who visited the site and spoke with Ms Begay's family. "The deities said the Navajos haven't been saying their prayers.'"
"She said the spirits warned that the Navajo people are headed for perilous times if they lose their traditional ways. Just as quickly as they appeared, the deities were said to have vanished. Ms Begay said they left behind footprints and sprinklings of corn pollen, which Navajos traditionally place on the ground during special prayers. A shrine has been placed there, but no traces of the footprints or powder remain, said Mrs Abe."
The article also
quotes a Native American pastor, the Reverend Abe Jackson, as saying:
"I believe that there are things that happen that not only encourage
us as native people, but continue the hope for us that our heritage
and culture are not being lost." (Source: Dallas Morning News, USA;
reported in Share International, September 1996 )
Israel - Red Heifer Seen as Sign (1997)
The birth of a rust-coloured calf in Israel is being hailed as a miraculous sign of the coming of the Messiah - and labelled a potential threat to Middle East peace. The red heifer, of a variety believed extinct for centuries, was born to a black and white mother and a tan-coloured bull on a northern Israeli farm run by a religious high school for troubled and orphaned students. In ancient times the ashes of a red heifer, butchered in her third year, were mixed with water and used to purify Jews before they could approach Jerusalem's Holy Temple on Temple Mount. Not since the destruction of the Second Temple by the Romans in AD 70 has a red heifer been born in Israel, scholars say.
Some Jews see the heifer's birth as sign from God that the coming of the Messiah is near. Many Muslims, and some less observant Jews, are concerned that extremists might take the red heifer as a signal to destroy the Dome of the Rock and Al Aqsa mosques, which now occupy Jerusalem's Temple Mount. That would clear the way for thc construction of a third Jewish temple - and be likely to provoke a war. "Traditionally, there have been only nine such red cows in our history The first was prepared under the direction of Moses and Aaron in the desert. Thc second was officiated over by Ezra upon the Jews' return from the Babylonian exile. Seven more were prepared during the period of the Second Temple. According to the 12th century Jewish philosopher Maimonides, the tenth and final red heifer will be prepared by the Messiah."
A dozen rabbis have examincd thc calf and said she is the long-awaited ritual heifer, meeting, so far, all the criteria described by the ancients. If the calf lives unblemished for another 18 months, she can theoretically be put to use. "It is written that it is the 10th heifer that the Messiah will discover and here we have the 10th heifer. This is a clear sign that the Messiah is near," said Rabbi Ido Weber Erlich of Jerusalem in an interview on Israel Radio. ( Sources: Boston Globe; Newsweek Magazine; Washington Jewish Week, USA )
Cambodia - Holy bull ( 1997 )
Could a bull's lick heal? In Cambodia the sick are flocking to the little town of Bat Treng where two bulls are said to be healing people by this extraordinary method. The blind are reported to have regained their sight after being licked by the bulls; the lame are said to be able to walk again. The bulls recently escaped the butcher's knife because their owner, a farmer, dreamt that they were well-known figures in traditional legends. On their return from the slaughter-house one of the animal-stars licked a lame man who immediately got up and walked. According to reports that was the first in a long series of healings. (Source: Trouw, the Netherlands)