Hail Missouri!

Wow, the month is nearly gone, Samhain is just around the corner! I'm so very excited! Today we're going to jump right into the next stop on the DC40 Prayer Initiative. If you'd like to chat with us on our journey around the US. Head over to our Facebook Page "What Makes Your State Great" for songs, stories and photos honoring the state of the day.

My facts come from 50states.com.

Hail Missouri!

Missouri is known as the "Show Me State". The 'Show Me State' expression may have began in 1899 when Congressman Willard Duncan Vandiver stated, "I'm from Missouri and you've got to show me."

St. Louis Missouri is considered the "Home of the Blues". The origins of the blues are closely related to the religious music of the Afro-American community, the spirituals. The origins of spirituals go back much further than the blues, usually dating back to the middle of the 18th century, when the slaves were Christianized and began to sing and play hymns. Singers like Robert Johnson and Bessie Smith took Blues to a whole new level.

According to legend, Robert Johnson made a deal with the devil at the cross roads in order to learn to play in exchange for his soul.

The Blues is famous for using the "Slide Guitar". I love hearing this being played. Here's an example of the slide guitar. There is nothing sexier than this.

Jefferson National Expansion Memorial consists of the Gateway Arch, the Museum of Westward Expansion, and St. Louis' Old Courthouse. During a nationwide competition in 1947-48, architect Eero Saarinen's inspired design for a 630-foot stainless steel arch was chosen as a perfect monument to the spirit of the western pioneers. Construction of the Arch began in 1963 and was completed on October 28, 1965.The Arch has foundations sunken 60 feet into the ground, and is built to withstand earthquakes and high winds. It sways up to one inch in a 20 mph wind, and is built to sway up to 18 inches.

Creve Coeur's name means broken heart in French, comes from nearby Creve Coeur Lake. Legend has it that an Indian princess fell in love with a French fur trapper, but the love was not returned. According to the story, she then leapt from a ledge overlooking Creve Coeur Lake; the lake then formed itself into a broken heart.

The original inhabitants of Missouri are:
The Chickasaw tribe
The Illini tribe
The Ioway tribe
The Missouri tribe
The Osage tribe
The Otoe tribe
The Quapaw tribe

I found this intro to a movie called "Lost Nation: The Ioway". This clip is called "I am Ioway".

Being connected with your ancestors; your past allows you to know who you are today and allows you to be prepared for the future. As a solitary, I have my altar set up for remembering the dead. Looking into the past and honoring those that have gone before me.

Sending light and love to the great state of Missouri.

Namaste & Blessed Be!

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