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If you can trace your ancestry to the Sun God himself, you should choose your mate carefully

20 November 2011

The ancient largest North American city deserved to be ruled by no less than a deity, or a descendant of it, so the purity of the bloodline was of paramount importance. The Cahokian Royal House went to great pains in order to preserve it.

And it was not an easy task. Who could prove beyond any doubt that the son of the mighty Ruler was, indeed, the progeny of his divine father? After all, no DNA tests were invented just yet.

Well, those Cahokians did not go quite as far as the Ptolemies of Egypt by marrying the royal heirs to their full-blooded or half-blooded sisters. Nevertheless, they’d found a way to ensure the required purity. The full-blooded princesses were useful in more than one way, as it turned out.

The precious blood could be diluted, but to a certain extent. So the royal heir would be married off to whichever mortal noblewoman took his fancy, permitted to make children and live happily forever after. But his children would not ascend the throne, however frustrated they may have been feeling about it. No mortal woman, as chaste as she might appear, could be trusted with delivering a pure blooded next ruler. Women were too difficult to guard throughout their fertile years. There was no way to ensure the paternity of her child.

So was the Cahokian ruling class frustrated? Not at all! The solution was simple, as long as the royal family did not run out of princesses. Only a son the full-blooded Cahokian princess would be allowed to ascend the throne.

And so the ruler would rule contentedly while his sons knew that no amount of intrigue would place them upon the throne atop the glorious, ten-storey-tall Cahokian Mound. And all this time the lucky son of the Ruler’s Sister would rub his hands, getting ready to take the burden of governing upon his dear Uncle’s, sometimes hastened, death.

An excerpt from “The Cahokian”, Pre-Aztec Series, book #4.

The Cahokian leader squatted comfortably upon his mat, unimpressed by the food, but sipping from the exquisite pottery goblet with enjoyment; the locally made nectar of the gods was of an excellent quality.  Absently he watched the city, stretching beneath the low mound.

 “The nephew of the Great Son of The Gods does not rule Cahokia anymore. He has joined his godly ancestors before the end of the last moon.”

The local ruler spread his palms, startled. “May his time among the gods last for many lifetimes!” He shifted uncomfortably. “Who is ruling Cahokia now?”

“As our ancient tradition determines, the nephew of the previous ruler has become our current Son of The Gods.” The visitor’s fingers tightened around an exquisite pottery cup and it seemed that the fragile item would crack and break into thousands of little pieces.

“But isn’t he just a young boy?”

“He has good advisers.” The warlord’s face was no more than a stone mask, but again something shadowy lurked in the depths of the dark eyes. “Of course, his mother, the sister of the previous Son of The Gods, is an exceptionally wise woman. Her guidance will prove priceless, for the empire and its new ruler alike.” His hollow gaze strayed back toward the buzzing plaza, while the disturbing silence prevailed.

The ruler studied his haughty guest thoughtfully. “What is the purpose of your delegation?” he inquired after a while, deciding it was time to bring this Cahokian back from his dark daydreams. 

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11 Comments to “If you can trace your ancestry to the Sun God himself, you should choose your mate carefully”

  1. This sounds so intense and thrilling! Thank you Zoe for being a part of the Thanksgiving Blog Hop and giving us the opportunity to win your book!

  2. Hi, Zoe. I enjoyed the excerpt and am adding this book to my must have list.

    Liked on FB (Tracey D)
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    Thanks,
    Tracey D
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  3. Liked your FB page, but I don’t have Twitter. I am intrigued by the story line of this book. If possible, please enter me in the contest for it.

    I love finding new (to me) authors to add to my wish list.
    Thank you for the contest and for sharing your book with us.
    reneebennett35 at yahoo dot com

  4. Oh, this book sounds very intriguing! I would love to read it! I live in O-hi-o so that brings it on home a little! LOL Thanks so much for the awesome giveaway:)

  5. Whoops! I forgot to mention that I follow you on FB: Julie Witt, and Twitter: @jwitt33! Sorry!

  6. Thank you for being part of the Thanksgiving Blog Tour.
    I love learning about the history of North America pre Colombian. The Anastazi have always held a deep fascination to me. How a people could disappear from existence. Having some Native American blood, and following the spiritualism have been close to my heart.
    I have placed your book on my gotta have list, and enjoyed the excerpt.
    I am now a Follower on Twitter, and “LIKED” your Facebook page as well.
    Happy Holidays & thank you!

    Darcy
    pommawolf @hotmail.com

  7. Very interesting indeed. Thanks for being part of the Blog Hop.

  8. I have to agree with a previous poster, this sounds intense. It sounds real involved and would probably suck people in. I hope that you have a happy Thanksgiving.
    jessangil at gmail dot com

  9. Zoe,
    This is a tantilizing bit of storytelling! Can’t wait to get the book and read the rest! Thanks for sharing this. I lived in Tecumseh country in Ohio some years ago, am of Choctaw heritage and enjoy researching and writing about the indigenous peoples of America. Recently moved to Arizona and so am beginning wonderful research of the indigenous peoples here: Anasazi, Navaho, Pueblo etc. Fascinating! Also write and illustrate the TeePee Tales I’ve written so far. Have several more in that series to complete. Would love to talk more about Cohokia! Where are you located?

    Marie
    my blog – http://thecobblestonemuse.blogspot.com/
    email – [email protected]

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