Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Hopeton Sacred Via was for the Procession of the Dead to Mound City

Hopeton Sacred Via was for the Procession of the Dead to Mound City





The American Antiquarian and Oriental Journal, 1892

The covered way at Hopeton leads towards Mound City. May it not be that this was the way through which processions passed on the occasions when the annual burial feast or "great burning" took place?  The passage across the river by a ferry to the place of burning would resemble the Egyptian custom, and would fulfil; the picture which Virgil has drawn of Charon crossing the river Styx with the souls of the dead.


Were the dead ferried across the Scioto from Hopeton to Mound City when the sun aligned with the sacred via at the sunset of the Winter solstice.